Homeland Security Manual Lists Government Key Words For Monitoring Social Media

Andrea Stone writes in the Huffington Post:

Ever complain on Facebook that you were feeling “sick?” Told your friends to “watch” a certain TV show? Left a comment on a media website about government “pork?”

If you did any of those things, or tweeted about your recent vacation in “Mexico” or a shopping trip to “Target,” the Department of Homeland Security may have noticed.

In the latest revelation of how the federal government is monitoring social media and online news outlets, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has posted online a 2011 Department of Homeland Security manual that includes hundreds of key words (such as those above) and search terms used to detect possible terrorism, unfolding natural disasters and public health threats. The center, a privacy watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request and then sued to obtain the release of the documents.

The 39-page “Analyst’s Desktop Binder” used by the department’s National Operations Center includes no-brainer words like “”attack,” “epidemic” and “Al Qaeda” (with various spellings). But the list also includes words that can be interpreted as either menacing or innocent depending on the context, such as “exercise,” “drill,” “wave,” “initiative,” “relief” and “organization.”

Read More: Huffington Post

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26 Responses to Homeland Security Manual Lists Government Key Words For Monitoring Social Media

  1. Lakota February 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

     Its the Patriot Act at work. Our government has set up these centers all over the country in conjunction with phone & internet companies to weed out decent.

    • Anarchy Pony February 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Dissent. Sorry, but that bugs me.

      • Camron Wiltshire February 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

        Honest mistake.

      • Lakota February 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

        Brain fart. Must have been typin too fast.

      • Tio Holtzman February 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

        At least DHS doesn’t go around correcting improper homophone usage.

        • Anarchy Pony February 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

          I guess I’m just a terrible person.

        • Nunzio X February 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

          Not yet, you mean.

      • Chaorder Gradient February 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

        the govt probably defines dissent as descent anyways

        • Anarchy Pony February 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

          Probably. It’s a descent from Newtie’s precious concept of “civilization”.

  2. Hadrian999 February 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    time to use as many of those as possible in totally meaningless e-mails
     

    • Anarchy Pony February 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

      Like, dirty bomb, yellow cake, revolution, anthrax, suicide commando, proletariat, manifesto?

    • Lakota February 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

       HA! nice idea.

    • Nunzio X February 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      I’ve given thought to a “Flood Our Watchers With Trigger Words” experiment, in which millions of participants post “trigger words” on social media sites, in email, bloggers’ comments sections, etc.

      For instance, every ten days or so, make it a point to use “suspicious words” but in an innocent way: “I was at Target and saw a yellow cake mix. I wanted to try it but last time I nuked my stomach by eating that stuff it was as if a dirty bomb had exploded in there…like Pillsbury declared a god damned jihad on my intestinal tract. Like they want to assassinate their customers, or something!”

      “Oh, BTW—didn’t you tell me you were flying to Karachi in a couple of weeks?”

      You want trigger words? We’ll give you trigger words!

      Problem is getting enough people to do this with any regularity.

    • DeepCough February 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

       Don’t forget to say “da bomb.”

  3. George February 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    911 is a searched key word so they can then use sock-puppet personas to reply negatively to any post that implies 911 was an inside job. The cover-up continues and the sheeple cower.

  4. Anomaly_of_Anomie February 26, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    I would like to believe the monitor’s intent is to protect American citizens. I would like to believe that. 

    • Anarchy Pony February 26, 2012 at 12:47 am #

      No, not the people. The nation. The “leviathan”. The artificial construct.

  5. PlantsNeedLovingToo February 26, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    OSINT, MALTEGO, RSS BANDIT, GLOBAL EDGE, ANONYMOUS, THREAT, IMMINENT, NORTH KOREA, NUCLEAR, IRAN, UNITED KINGDOM, FEMINISM. 

  6. JWing February 26, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Excellent so now the real terrorists know what not to say….hahaha!  Wow!

  7. humbleElitist February 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    I dont see how this is threatening.
    ___I___ could run these automated search things.
    Its not surprising that the government is keeping a database, 
    its not that hard for them to do.
    its not that hard for anyone to do.
    just set up a webhost, add a chron job to every few hours or so search various social networks for those things, and record it in a database.
    NOT that big a deal.


    In fact, I should probably set up a few things like that.
    Might be useful.

    If people want to post information in a way that others can easily find and collect, let them.
    Its not invasion of privacy if they tell you.

  8. BuzzCoastin February 27, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    any “terrorist” NOT using stealth tools like:
    128 bit encryption, TOR, an obscure languages like Pashto or Arabic and codes
    is not really a terrorist

    any “terrorist” using tools like:
    plain English, Gmail et al, traceable cellphones and a Muslim/Arabic name
    is not really a terrorist

    Big Homelander is watching
    and I don’t give a flying fuck

    • Hadrian999 February 27, 2012 at 2:07 am #

      they might just be really stupid terrorists, I could totally see, “turner diaries” types being that unsophisticated.

      • BuzzCoastin February 27, 2012 at 3:03 am #

        true, could be
        but it seems unlikely that real terrorists would Gmail their plans in English
        especially when it’s not their native tongue
        plus with over 10 years of Hoimelander snooping
        the only plots they have uncovered are those fostered by the FBI

        • Hadrian999 February 27, 2012 at 3:15 am #

           I’ve wondered how you get the gig selling out dupes to the fbi for a nice terrorist frame, I would have no problem selling neo nazi hillbillies up the river

  9. rtb61 February 27, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    This comment has be brought to you by the letters,DHS, ICE, ATF, CIS, FEMA, USCG, CIA, FAMS, CBP, TSA, DEA, USSS, SBI, FAA, NOC, FBI, UN, CDC, FDA and the words
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    Symptoms, Mutation, Resistant, Antiviral, Wave, Pandemic, Infection, Water/air borne, Sick, Swine, Pork.
    Now let’s see how many alarms that rings, not to forget DDOS and Anonymous of course (cain and abel, WTF?).

  10. TripleSix February 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Like the Ice-T song…Freedom of Speech-Just Watch What You Say.  Sh*t…hope the DHS isn’t reading this..

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