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    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.


    more at the link ..........

    Why don't they just monitor MP or make a copy of it. It is all here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themacedonian View Post

    Why don't they just monitor MP......
    One way or another, they do.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by themacedonian View Post
    Why don't they just monitor MP or make a copy of it. It is all here.
    Odds are, someone is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halidon View Post
    Odds are, someone is.
    I am guessing that much.

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    If they find me face down in the mud on the rifle range on Monday you'll know why...

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    If they're watching MP.net its only to keep tabs on timetraveler.

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    ... because Bin Laden was found in Pakistan due to his stream of jihadist Facebook status updates.

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    So Homeland Security tells us they can do exactly the same job as the NSA. And I thought the US government was looking at how to reduce government spendings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themacedonian View Post
    Why don't they just monitor MP or make a copy of it. It is all here.
    Laconian, as well as around 4 other feds.

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    Has this created an infinite loop by posting the manual?

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    Quote Originally Posted by themacedonian View Post

    Why don't they just monitor MP or make a copy of it. It is all here.
    This site was basically set up with the purpose to attract and expose potential subversive elements. All those banned members... well, now you know.

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    How is this different from digging through garbage bins or doing routine interviews of everybody in the area of interest?
    Of course, to search just by words...This would be like digging city collector depots.
    May be these "advisers" are thinking "what else these officers are for"?

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