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Post time 2012-5-28 16:58:00 |Display all floors
By Daniel Miller  Dailymail

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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Post time 2012-5-28 20:02:56 |Display all floors
Seig Heil~!!!   Welcome to Amerika/USSA

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Post time 2012-5-28 22:00:03 |Display all floors
So where does one lodge a FOI application for the list of monitored words for the GIWoC, and other PSB agencies?

I would like to keep informed about what words are considered as "a threat" when conversing with persons in China?
It would save the poor monitors many hours of slavish work trying to identify those posts, e-mails, skype chats, etc that should be deleted/censored, which they are forced to read.

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Post time 2012-5-28 22:59:52 |Display all floors
The Iron Curtail of White Supremacist Christians of the USA.

The fat guy loved by the Sinophobic West.

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Post time 2012-5-29 02:55:42 |Display all floors
timbatu Post time: 2012-5-28 22:59
The Iron Curtail of White Supremacist Christians of the USA.


There are no white supremacist christians...is ziolie.

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Post time 2012-5-29 07:11:06 |Display all floors
If they go on like this, they'll end up like China and Americans will be oppressed by their governments, too.
That's why it is wiser to use TOR or the like to anonymize internet traffic.

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Post time 2012-5-30 14:57:01 |Display all floors
It's certainly not a complete list.  For example, the most common form of explosive used by terrorists in the United States is a pipe bomb or truck bomb made of ANFO, ammonium nitrate and fuel oil.  Military explosives like C4, Semtex, and PETN are more difficult to obtain.  None of these items are included on the list, but all of them are searched for by bots.

I'm not exactly sure why a DHS list would include the words, "North Korea" either.  Why would they track North Korea but not Iran?  Why would a domestic security agency track news on these countries at all?
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