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  • G.E. INVESTIGATIONS
    Story worthy of Re-Posting due to recent events! Federal Agents Urged to Friend People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals Published October 14, 2010
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 30, 2011
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      Story worthy of Re-Posting due to recent events!



      Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals

      Published October 14, 2010
      FoxNews.com
      Josh Mayeux
      Reuters/Rick Wilking


      July 20, 2010: Josh Mayeux, network defender, works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

      A privacy watchdog has uncovered a government memo that encourages federal agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share -- and to spy on them. In response to a Freedom of Information request, the government released a handful of documents, including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS).

      As of Thursday morning, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Digg had not commented on the report, which details the official government program to spy via social networking. Other websites the government is spying on include Twitter, MySpace, Craigslist and Wikipedia, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed the FOIA request.

      "Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuel a need to have a large group of 'friends' link to their pages, and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don't even know," stated one of the documents obtained by the EFF. "This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities," it said.

      According to the EFF, this memo -- which specifically details how the government evaluates potential citizen requests -- suggests there's nothing to prevent an exaggerated, harmless or even out-of-date offhand comment in a status update from quickly becoming the subject of a full investigation.

      With this revelation, the government joins a growing list of groups using social-networking sites for purposes other than social networking. As these sites have gained popularity, scammers and spammers have become rampant, and hackers are increasingly turning to networks such as Facebook to spread viruses and Trojan Horses.

      The EFF also uncovered efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor social media during the inauguration of President Obama. According to the documents, the DHS collected a massive amount of data on individuals and organizations explicitly tied to the event.

      The DHS notably attempted to ensure that its use of social networks was appropriate while gathering data online. The newly released documents cite the Fair Information Practices Principles, a 2008 policy memo by the Department of Homeland Security's chief privacy officer that set guidelines for ensuring online privacy during the collection of information.

      Another government agency, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, denies using social networks to spy on people.

      "USCIS does not permit agency personnel to attempt to 'friend' immigration petitioners and their beneficiaries on social networks in an effort to reveal fraud."

      Still, the EFF worries that the DHS may be taking things too far. "While it is laudable to see DHS discussing the Fair Information Practice Principles as part of the design for such a project, the breadth of sites targeted is concerning," the watchdog group wrote on its website.

      Among the networks specifically cited for analysis "were general social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Flickr, as well as sites that focus specifically on certain demographic groups such as MiGente and BlackPlanet, news sites such as NPR, and political commentary sites DailyKos," the EFF wrote.

      For more information, read the full report at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.



      Direct Link: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/13/government-spying-social-networks/#ixzz1ZUUSP4b1




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    • TSCM/SO Group
      Yeah it makes it easier to befriend a grand jury foreman to help taint a indictment way to go woo hoo!!!!!!!!!who put that friggin memo out..... Why would
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 30, 2011
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        Yeah it makes it easier to befriend a grand jury foreman to help taint a
        indictment way to go woo hoo!!!!!!!!!who put that friggin memo out.....

        Why would anyone think they could gather real world intel on facebook....I
        mean it should read "feds urged to like companies w facebook pages to get
        free rewards like coffee and furniture polish"



        "In the land of idiots the moron is king"( or addicted to facebook)

        Rick Gurley





        Mitch Davis

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        From: G.E. INVESTIGATIONS [mailto:thesquad@...]
        Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 8:58 PM
        To: infoguys-list@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [infoguys-list] Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social
        Networks, Memo Reveals







        Story worthy of Re-Posting due to recent events!

        Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals

        Published October 14, 2010
        FoxNews.com
        Josh Mayeux
        Reuters/Rick Wilking

        July 20, 2010: Josh Mayeux, network defender, works at the Air Force Space
        Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in
        Colorado Springs, Colorado.

        A privacy watchdog has uncovered a government memo that encourages federal
        agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage
        of their readiness to share -- and to spy on them. In response to a Freedom
        of Information request, the government released a handful of documents,
        including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are
        exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS).

        As of Thursday morning, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Digg had not
        commented on the report, which details the official government program to
        spy via social networking. Other websites the government is spying on
        include Twitter, MySpace, Craigslist and Wikipedia, according to the
        Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed the FOIA request.

        "Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuel a need to have a large group of
        'friends' link to their pages, and many of these people accept cyber-friends
        that they don't even know," stated one of the documents obtained by the EFF.
        "This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life
        of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent
        activities," it said.

        According to the EFF, this memo -- which specifically details how the
        government evaluates potential citizen requests -- suggests there's nothing
        to prevent an exaggerated, harmless or even out-of-date offhand comment in a
        status update from quickly becoming the subject of a full investigation.

        With this revelation, the government joins a growing list of groups using
        social-networking sites for purposes other than social networking. As these
        sites have gained popularity, scammers and spammers have become rampant, and
        hackers are increasingly turning to networks such as Facebook to spread
        viruses and Trojan Horses.

        The EFF also uncovered efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to
        monitor social media during the inauguration of President Obama. According
        to the documents, the DHS collected a massive amount of data on individuals
        and organizations explicitly tied to the event.

        The DHS notably attempted to ensure that its use of social networks was
        appropriate while gathering data online. The newly released documents cite
        the Fair Information Practices Principles, a 2008 policy memo by the
        Department of Homeland Security's chief privacy officer that set guidelines
        for ensuring online privacy during the collection of information.

        Another government agency, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
        denies using social networks to spy on people.

        "USCIS does not permit agency personnel to attempt to 'friend' immigration
        petitioners and their beneficiaries on social networks in an effort to
        reveal fraud."

        Still, the EFF worries that the DHS may be taking things too far. "While it
        is laudable to see DHS discussing the Fair Information Practice Principles
        as part of the design for such a project, the breadth of sites targeted is
        concerning," the watchdog group wrote on its website.

        Among the networks specifically cited for analysis "were general social
        networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Flickr, as well as
        sites that focus specifically on certain demographic groups such as MiGente
        and BlackPlanet, news sites such as NPR, and political commentary sites
        DailyKos," the EFF wrote.

        For more information, read the full report at the Electronic Frontier
        Foundation.

        Direct Link:
        http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/13/government-spying-social-networks/
        #ixzz1ZUUSP4b1

        Professionally,

        G.E. Investigations, LLC
        www.GeInvestigations.com
        www.ExigentCircumstances.com
        www.OnTheJobPI.com
        866.347.7948 (866.3.ISPY.4U)
        602.266.4779 (602.266.ISPY)
        520.747.7948 (520.7.ISPY.4U)
        AIM / ICQ: DetectiveGE
        Yahoo: GeInvestigations
        NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
        NRA Certified RTBAV Instructor
        AZ# 1003249
        "Giving you... Just the Facts!"
        Semper Fidelis!
        "Assisting you in those times of EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES.
        When Waiting Isn't an Option!"





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      • RickyG
        Thank you for attributing my quote to me, Mitch ( idiots are supposed to be sigular, though = idiot ). At least I don t think I have heard anyone else use
        Message 3 of 6 , Sep 30, 2011
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          Thank you for attributing my quote to me, Mitch ("idiots" are supposed to be sigular, though = "idiot"). At least I don't think I have heard anyone else use that one....

          I have two more for you, that Bill Branscum, Sue Sarkis, and Bob Hrodey ought to find quite funny given the areas of PI work that they specialize in...

          "I refuse to accept responsibility for something that is entirely my fault"!

          and

          "I don't mind accepting some of the blame, but I do mind accepting any of the consequences"!

          They are honest quotes attributed to basic human nature.... LOL.


          Ricky B. Gurley.

          RMRI, Inc.


          --- In infoguys-list@yahoogroups.com, "TSCM/SO Group" <MitchD@...> wrote:

          >
          >
          > "In the land of idiots the moron is king"( or addicted to facebook)
          >
          > Rick Gurley
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          > Mitch Davis
        • TSCM/SO Group
          Visit the IRS on facebook, great place to post pics of big winning checks from casinos, and poser shots in front of the first bank of cayman... Check the like
          Message 4 of 6 , Sep 30, 2011
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            Visit the IRS on facebook, great place to post pics of big winning checks
            from casinos, and poser shots in front of the first bank of cayman...

            Check the like box on that...LOL





            Mitch Davis

            TSCM/Special Operations Group Inc.

            20 Music Square West,Suite 208

            Nashville, TN. 37203 USA

            615.251.0441

            Fax 615.523.0300

            www.tscmusa.com



            ***********************************

            "Maintaining a higher degree of excellence"

            *****************************************



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            From: RickyG [mailto:rmriinc@...]
            Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2011 1:22 AM
            To: infoguys-list@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [infoguys-list] Re: Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on
            Social Networks, Memo Reveals






            Thank you for attributing my quote to me, Mitch ("idiots" are supposed to be
            sigular, though = "idiot"). At least I don't think I have heard anyone else
            use that one....

            I have two more for you, that Bill Branscum, Sue Sarkis, and Bob Hrodey
            ought to find quite funny given the areas of PI work that they specialize
            in...

            "I refuse to accept responsibility for something that is entirely my fault"!

            and

            "I don't mind accepting some of the blame, but I do mind accepting any of
            the consequences"!

            They are honest quotes attributed to basic human nature.... LOL.

            Ricky B. Gurley.

            RMRI, Inc.

            --- In infoguys-list@yahoogroups.com
            <mailto:infoguys-list%40yahoogroups.com> , "TSCM/SO Group" <MitchD@...>
            wrote:

            >
            >
            > "In the land of idiots the moron is king"( or addicted to facebook)
            >
            > Rick Gurley
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Mitch Davis





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          • DJ
            This is no surprise, why I started my FB page!
            Message 5 of 6 , Oct 2, 2011
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              This is no surprise, why I started my FB page!

              --- In infoguys-list@yahoogroups.com, "G.E. INVESTIGATIONS" <thesquad@...> wrote:
              >
              >
              >
              > Story worthy of Re-Posting due to recent events!
              >
              >
              >
              > Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals
              >
              > Published October 14, 2010
              > FoxNews.com
              > Josh Mayeux
              > Reuters/Rick Wilking
              >
              >
              > July 20, 2010: Josh Mayeux, network defender, works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
              >
              > A privacy watchdog has uncovered a government memo that encourages federal agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share -- and to spy on them. In response to a Freedom of Information request, the government released a handful of documents, including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS).
              >
              > As of Thursday morning, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Digg had not commented on the report, which details the official government program to spy via social networking. Other websites the government is spying on include Twitter, MySpace, Craigslist and Wikipedia, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed the FOIA request.
              >
              > "Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuel a need to have a large group of 'friends' link to their pages, and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don't even know," stated one of the documents obtained by the EFF. "This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities," it said.
              >
              > According to the EFF, this memo -- which specifically details how the government evaluates potential citizen requests -- suggests there's nothing to prevent an exaggerated, harmless or even out-of-date offhand comment in a status update from quickly becoming the subject of a full investigation.
              >
              > With this revelation, the government joins a growing list of groups using social-networking sites for purposes other than social networking. As these sites have gained popularity, scammers and spammers have become rampant, and hackers are increasingly turning to networks such as Facebook to spread viruses and Trojan Horses.
              >
              > The EFF also uncovered efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor social media during the inauguration of President Obama. According to the documents, the DHS collected a massive amount of data on individuals and organizations explicitly tied to the event.
              >
              > The DHS notably attempted to ensure that its use of social networks was appropriate while gathering data online. The newly released documents cite the Fair Information Practices Principles, a 2008 policy memo by the Department of Homeland Security's chief privacy officer that set guidelines for ensuring online privacy during the collection of information.
              >
              > Another government agency, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, denies using social networks to spy on people.
              >
              > "USCIS does not permit agency personnel to attempt to 'friend' immigration petitioners and their beneficiaries on social networks in an effort to reveal fraud."
              >
              > Still, the EFF worries that the DHS may be taking things too far. "While it is laudable to see DHS discussing the Fair Information Practice Principles as part of the design for such a project, the breadth of sites targeted is concerning," the watchdog group wrote on its website.
              >
              > Among the networks specifically cited for analysis "were general social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Flickr, as well as sites that focus specifically on certain demographic groups such as MiGente and BlackPlanet, news sites such as NPR, and political commentary sites DailyKos," the EFF wrote.
              >
              > For more information, read the full report at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
              >
              >
              >
              > Direct Link: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/13/government-spying-social-networks/#ixzz1ZUUSP4b1
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > Professionally,
              >
              > G.E. Investigations, LLC
              > www.GeInvestigations.com
              > www.ExigentCircumstances.com
              > www.OnTheJobPI.com
              > 866.347.7948 (866.3.ISPY.4U)
              > 602.266.4779 (602.266.ISPY)
              > 520.747.7948 (520.7.ISPY.4U)
              > AIM / ICQ: DetectiveGE
              > Yahoo: GeInvestigations
              > NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
              > NRA Certified RTBAV Instructor
              > AZ# 1003249
              > "Giving you... Just the Facts!"
              > Semper Fidelis!
              > "Assisting you in those times of EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES�
              > When Waiting Isn't an Option!"
              >
            • Gregory Martinez
              I m shocked, SHOCKED ... there are investigators (government and private) networking on the the social networks. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth
              Message 6 of 6 , Oct 2, 2011
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                "I'm shocked, SHOCKED ..." there are investigators (government and private) networking on the the social networks.



                "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
                [John 8:32 - KJV]

                ------------------------------
                Gregory A. Martinez
                Private Investigator
                169 Commack Rd,
                Suite H-209,
                Commack, NY 11725

                Tel. 631-543-1909

                http://web.me.com/gregmartinez

                NYS PI lD#: 11000157180


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                On Oct 2, 2011, at 2:01 PM, DJ wrote:

                > This is no surprise, why I started my FB page!
                >
                > --- In infoguys-list@yahoogroups.com, "G.E. INVESTIGATIONS" <thesquad@...> wrote:
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Story worthy of Re-Posting due to recent events!
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals
                > >
                > > Published October 14, 2010
                > > FoxNews.com
                > > Josh Mayeux
                > > Reuters/Rick Wilking
                > >
                > >
                > > July 20, 2010: Josh Mayeux, network defender, works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
                > >
                > > A privacy watchdog has uncovered a government memo that encourages federal agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share -- and to spy on them. In response to a Freedom of Information request, the government released a handful of documents, including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS).
                > >
                > > As of Thursday morning, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Digg had not commented on the report, which details the official government program to spy via social networking. Other websites the government is spying on include Twitter, MySpace, Craigslist and Wikipedia, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed the FOIA request.
                > >
                > > "Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuel a need to have a large group of 'friends' link to their pages, and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don't even know," stated one of the documents obtained by the EFF. "This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities," it said.
                > >
                > > According to the EFF, this memo -- which specifically details how the government evaluates potential citizen requests -- suggests there's nothing to prevent an exaggerated, harmless or even out-of-date offhand comment in a status update from quickly becoming the subject of a full investigation.
                > >
                > > With this revelation, the government joins a growing list of groups using social-networking sites for purposes other than social networking. As these sites have gained popularity, scammers and spammers have become rampant, and hackers are increasingly turning to networks such as Facebook to spread viruses and Trojan Horses.
                > >
                > > The EFF also uncovered efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor social media during the inauguration of President Obama. According to the documents, the DHS collected a massive amount of data on individuals and organizations explicitly tied to the event.
                > >
                > > The DHS notably attempted to ensure that its use of social networks was appropriate while gathering data online. The newly released documents cite the Fair Information Practices Principles, a 2008 policy memo by the Department of Homeland Security's chief privacy officer that set guidelines for ensuring online privacy during the collection of information.
                > >
                > > Another government agency, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, denies using social networks to spy on people.
                > >
                > > "USCIS does not permit agency personnel to attempt to 'friend' immigration petitioners and their beneficiaries on social networks in an effort to reveal fraud."
                > >
                > > Still, the EFF worries that the DHS may be taking things too far. "While it is laudable to see DHS discussing the Fair Information Practice Principles as part of the design for such a project, the breadth of sites targeted is concerning," the watchdog group wrote on its website.
                > >
                > > Among the networks specifically cited for analysis "were general social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Flickr, as well as sites that focus specifically on certain demographic groups such as MiGente and BlackPlanet, news sites such as NPR, and political commentary sites DailyKos," the EFF wrote.
                > >
                > > For more information, read the full report at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Direct Link: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/13/government-spying-social-networks/#ixzz1ZUUSP4b1
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Professionally,
                > >
                > > G.E. Investigations, LLC
                > > www.GeInvestigations.com
                > > www.ExigentCircumstances.com
                > > www.OnTheJobPI.com
                > > 866.347.7948 (866.3.ISPY.4U)
                > > 602.266.4779 (602.266.ISPY)
                > > 520.747.7948 (520.7.ISPY.4U)
                > > AIM / ICQ: DetectiveGE
                > > Yahoo: GeInvestigations
                > > NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
                > > NRA Certified RTBAV Instructor
                > > AZ# 1003249
                > > "Giving you... Just the Facts!"
                > > Semper Fidelis!
                > > "Assisting you in those times of EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES���
                > > When Waiting Isn't an Option!"
                > >
                >
                >



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