Alexander Higgins, Contributing Writer
The Feds have been forced to release their social network monitoring manual, which contains the list of words the government watches on social media and news sites.
Earlier the Huffington Post reported on the Feds have been forced to give up their list of words they monitor on Facebook, Twitter, and comments being posted on news articles, so I compiled that list below.
Homeland Security Manual Lists Government Key Words For Monitoring Social Media, News
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.”
These terms and others are “broad, vague and ambiguous” and include “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,” stated the Electronic Privacy Information Center in letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
The manual was released by the center a week after Homeland Security officials were grilled at a House hearing over other documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that revealed analysts were scrutinizing online comments that “reflect adversely” on the federal government. Mary Ellen Callahan, the chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, and Richard Chavez, director for the National Operations Center, testified that the released documents were outdated and that social media was monitored strictly to provide situational awareness and not to police disparaging opinions about the federal government. On Friday, Homeland Security officials stuck by that testimony.
A senior Homeland Security official who spoke to The Huffington Post on Friday on condition of anonymity said the testimony of agency officials last week remains “accurate” and the manual “is a starting point, not the endgame” in maintaining situational awareness of natural and man-made threats. The official denied Electronic Privacy Information Center’s charge that the government is monitoring dissent. The manual’s instruction that analysts should identify “media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities” was not aimed at silencing criticism but at spotting and addressing problems, she added. Source: The Huffington Post
The Official List – Using these words online will put you in the crosshairs Big Brother’s multi-billion dollar spy machine
DNDO (Domestic Nuclear
Domestic nuclear detection
Maritime domain awareness
Disaster medical assistance
State of emergency
Bomb (squad or threat)
HAZMAT & Nuclear
Biological infection (or
Hazardous material incident
Health Concern + H1N1
Foot and Mouth (FMD)
Human to human
Human to Animal
Center for Disease Control
Drug Administration (FDA)
Pork World Health Organization
(WHO) (and components)
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
CIKR (Critical Infrastructure
& Key Resources)
|Airplane (and derivatives)
Failure or outage
Southwest Border Violence
MS13 or MS-13
Cartel de Golfo
Narco banners (Spanish
Al Qaeda (all spellings)
Improvised explosive device
|IED (Improvised Explosive
FARC (Armed Revolutionary
IRA (Irish Republican Army)
ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna)
PLF (Palestine Liberation
PLO (Palestine Liberation
AQAP (AL Qaeda Arabian
AQIM (Al Qaeda in the
Tsunami Warning Center
|Mud slide or Mudslide
Emergency Broadcast System
DDOS (dedicated denial of
Denial of service
Cain and abel
Read the Department of Homeland Security Media Monitoring Desktop Reference
Watch: Congressional Hearing Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of social media
Video of Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), chairing a hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence about the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of social media.
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