Any idea who is reading your cyber posts?
Posted by btchakir
The Department of Homeland Security is watching YOU (and me, too).
How does it work? To start with there are hundreds of words which draw DHS attention… words which I guarantee you have used at some time or another.
RT.com gives this description of how it could happen to you:
So, you’ve just come back from a beach holiday in Mexico and posted about it on your blog. Or maybe you’ve tweeted about skiing lessons? Updated your status, saying you’re stuck home with food poisoning?
All those things will tweak the DHS antennae, according to a manual published by the agency. The Analyst’s Desktop Binder, used by agency employees at their National Operations Center to identify “media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities,” includes hundreds of words that set off Big Brother’s silent alarms.
Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. It revealed how analysts monitor social networks and media organizations for comments that “reflect adversely” on the government.
And what are the words, pray tell. Here they are in a graphic format so they don’t call attention to themselves as text:
List of words used by the National Operations Center to monitor social media (taken from the DHS Analyst’s Desktop Binder)
Any words you use in there? That’s what I thought.
Big Brother is Reading You!
- Target on your cyber back: DHS has a list of words deemed ‘suspicious’ (EndtheLie.com)
- Dept. of Homeland Security Forced to Release List of Keywords Used to Monitor Social Networking Sites (forbes.com)
- Avoid “Team Mexico Pork Cloud” Or DHS Will Track You (liquidmatrix.org)
- Political Spying Disguised as Homeland Security (dewgeneral.wordpress.com)
- How to Get Yourself Noticed on Twitter … by Homeland Security (theatlantic.com)
- Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don’t want the government spying on you (blacklistednews.com)
- The Insanity of the US Police State (lewrockwell.com)
- Target on Your Cyber Back: DHS Has a List of Words Deemed ‘Suspicious’ (theintelhub.com)
About btchakirRetired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at www.897wshc.org) and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.
Posted on May 30, 2012, in Announcement, blogs, Congress, ethics, government, Legal, News, Opinion, Pentagon, Politics, President Obama, quote, Technology, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Foodborne illness, Freedom of Information Act, Freedom of information legislation, Mexico, Social media, Social Network, United States Department of Homeland Security. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.