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Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you (and they include 'pork', 'cloud' and 'Mexico')


  • Department of Homeland Security forced to release list following freedom of information request
  • Agency insists it only looks for evidence of genuine threats to the U.S. and not for signs of general dissent
By Daniel Miller


The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.
The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'.
Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.

The words are included in the department's 2011 'Analyst's Desktop Binder' used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify 'media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities'.
Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which revealed how analysts monitor social networks and media organisations for comments that 'reflect adversely' on the government.

However they insisted the practice was aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.



As well as terrorism, analysts are instructed to search for evidence of unfolding natural disasters, public health threats and serious crimes such as mall/school shootings, major drug busts, illegal immigrant busts.
The list has been posted online by the Electronic Privacy Information Center - a privacy watchdog group who filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act before suing to obtain the release of the documents.
In a letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, the centre described the choice of words as 'broad, vague and ambiguous'.

They point out that it includes 'vast amounts of First Amendment protected speech that is entirely unrelated to the Department of Homeland Security mission to protect the public against terrorism and disasters.'

A senior Homeland Security official told the Huffington Post that the manual 'is a starting point, not the endgame' in maintaining situational awareness of natural and man-made threats and denied that the government was monitoring signs of dissent.

However the agency admitted that the language used was vague and in need of updating.

Spokesman Matthew Chandler told website: 'To ensure clarity, as part of ... routine compliance review, DHS will review the language contained in all materials to clearly and accurately convey the parameters and intention of the program.'
 
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Roddy

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I say PORK CLOUD MEXICO terrorism.....let em watch me, I ain'ts afraid!
 
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Roddy

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I second that first mistake, Hal . . . here's another one of his gems from a thread @ coffee table about keywords feds use to search online data:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roddy
"I say PORK CLOUD MEXICO terrorism.....let em watch me, I ain'ts afraid!"

not really funny . . . in fact, really kinda ignorant if you ask me . . .


This post in another thread got me laughing, I just can't take too seriously being afraid of using a word (PORK CLOUD MEXICO TERRORISM), oh dear, is big brother coming?

Look, if you are too worried about posting a word that MIGHT get some guy in a closet full of computer devices watching you, might be time to switch off and run away from the computer, your phone, or any other device....we all know they're already watching...right? And oh yeah, SMASH that kinect camera....they're watching.

Art....where's my TIN HAT???

I just can't take too seriously a worry that writing a recipe for a friend or suggesting we have a BBQ or even take a cruise is gonna end me up on some fed watchlist...I say LET EM WATCH, should be good for a few laughs while they waste our taxpayer money! ;)
 
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Sorry G13, didn't mean to belittle the thread, just hoping people realize there's far more things to concern ourselves with in this world than whether we can talk pork on a forums.
 

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I think our best defense is the general publics distaste for the why and the how...... for them to come after someone like us. And what if they got it wrong? But...... alas big brother is watching and so is google....... I fear big pharma more at this point. They got the money to swing a big stick in the MJ universe.
 

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Roddy said:
Sorry G13, didn't mean to belittle the thread, just hoping people realize there's far more things to concern ourselves with in this world than whether we can talk pork on a forums.

I just report....... you decide...... I'm bullet proof Roddy....... btw you owe me a fat one now:hubba::hubba::D
 

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