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Trigger Words on Facebook: Big Brother’s Computer Is Looking

Written by Gary North on March 7, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security has compiled a list of words that will trigger software searches of social media sites.

The DHS has been forced to surrender its social media manual.

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.

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Security, and Richard Chavez, director for the National Operations Center, testified that the released documents were outdated and that social media was monitored strictly to provide situational awareness and not to police disparaging opinions about the federal government.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.

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14 thoughts on “Trigger Words on Facebook: Big Brother’s Computer Is Looking

  1. The situation we are in was caused by people who were to lazy or ignorant to take care of THEMSELVES. Always needing their RIGHT to have what OTHERS earned. GIMME, GIMME, GIMME. Now America's answer to Hitler has to spend more of OUR money to protect HIM from US. Just as he spent OUR money to protect HIS criminal past from US.

  2. Big Brother is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. DeAnn Bradford says:

    Dak605 Brilliant Observation! You pretty much nailed it! Are you on twitter? DeAnn_1

  4. If the man in the white house NOW gets another 4yrs,,,"" People"" America IS DONE, it WILL get worse. What is wrong with the ANYONE out there that think this man and his "People/ Administration" are doing such a great job that he needs another term, MY LORD people wake the hell up. What MORE does obama have to do and I am just talking about OUR RIGHTS/Freedom at the moment that people just don't get. Wake up, don't just listen to what he says, LOOK AT WHAT he has and is doing to destroy this country. I am shocked at what I see posted on the internet about WHAT A GREAT Job he has done,, ARE YOU KIDDING ME,,, ,,,,,, Oh how I wish we could look into the future and see what this country WILL BE if obama gets another 4yrs. Please Lord,, Wake people UP

  5. (Loading The Language Thought Reform). Limiting or controlling the thought processes by regulating the language in such a way that communication constricts and limits rather than expands human understanding. This may include the use of thought-stopping clichés or artificially reducing complex issues to a false black/white dichotomy. “Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35
 January 10, 1963
 Current Communist Goals 20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

  6. to hell with big brother.


  8. to hell with big brother,ovomit,doh,doj,epa,reid,pelosi,napalitano,wasserman,the un building.all politicians who allowed this ineligible president to occupy the wh,mr politician we the people trusted you to defend the oath of office,you have failed miseable,we the people will now be coming to vote if possible or kick if necessary,you and all you do nothing,lying,stealing,corrupt politicians.you had your chance,now its our turn,to save and turn this once great country around,no more ripping off the legal tax paying american citizens,and then laughing at we the people.now we the people will be laughing at mr politician.god bless all american veterans and all american citizens.semper fi

  9. Beepster says:

    Well, what can I say? I had an attack of epidemic proportions when I waved at the relief organization as they drilled for their initiative as they exercised their 1st Ammendment Rights. How many terms did I miss??? Whoops, who's that knocking at my door??? lol Now, let them PROVE something.

  10. Evil Flourishes,When Good Men Do Nothing !!! Dr.Ron Paul 2012 !!!

  11. That’s just your rampant conspiracy-conjecturing nature.

  12. jimpeel7734 says:

    There was a day called "Echelon day" on which everyone would post in an e-mail message all of the keywords that Echelon looks for just to screw with it.

    Maybe we need a day where we all post the entire list on our facebook accounts.

  13. Beyond Orwellian. Yesterday's conspiracy theory is today's reality, go figure and get ready because it only gets uglier from here.

  14. george morrison says:

    I guess now we must also fear the DHS coming to our doors in their swat gear coming to arrest us for using an unapproiate word this reeks of communisum