KGB 2.0 – Chavez tells Venezuelans to use Twitter to Tattle on Currency Speculators

May 17th, 2010

Leave it to Hugo Chavez (@chavezcandanga) to turn the Internet and Twitter, the embodiment of the free exchange of information, into a police state tool for spying on your neighbor.

From HuffPo:

President Hugo Chavez urged supporters to use Twitter to blow the whistle on currency speculators on Sunday and announced that police raids on illegal traders would continue as Venezuela’s government tries to defend the embattled bolivar.

The socialist leader asked Venezuelans to send messages identifying illegal traders. He described them as “thieves” who must be punished for currency speculation, which he blames for rapidly rising inflation.

“My Twitter account is open for you to denounce them,” Chavez said during his weekly radio and television program. “We’re going to launch several raids. We’ve already launched some raids, thanks to the complaints from the people.”

This would never happen in the United States. Right? Remember [email protected]?

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