The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet. Defenders of the White House actions said the Presidential Records Act requires that the administration gather the information and that it was justified in taking the additional step of asking a private contractor to "crawl and archive" all such material.
Nicholas Shapiro, a White House spokesman, declined to say when the practice began or how much the new contract would cost.
In a June 5, 2008, article in PC Magazine, Mr. Obama said, "The open information platforms of the 21st century can also tempt institutions to violate the privacy of citizens. We need sensible safeguards that protect privacy in this dynamic new world."
Where's the outrage from the same liberals who claimed the Bush Administration was "eroding liberties" by monitoring suspected terrorists?
Instead, all I hear is the sound of chirping crickets.