One of the breakout standup routines from the late, great George Carlin was his 1972 monologue “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” In the presence of polite company, I shall not repeat them… but rest assured, the routine is still hilarious to this day.
I wish I could say the same about the Department of Homeland Security… I wish I could say this is all a big joke… that the government’s “377 words you can never use online” is just some stupid comedy routine.
But it’s not. And you just can’t make this stuff up.
After vigorous resistance, the Department of Homeland Security was finally forced into releasing it’s 2011 Analyst’s Desktop Binder. It’s a manual of sorts, teaching all the storm troopers who monitor our Internet activity all day which key words to look for.
Facebook, a.k.a. the US government’s domestic intelligence center, is the primary target for this monitoring… though it’s become clear so many times before that various departments, including the NSA and FBI, are monitoring online activity ranging from search terms to emails.
Domestic spying is typically denied in public and swept under the rug. After all, it’s legality has always been questionable… if not entirely Unconstitutional.
Yet it seems that month after month there is new legislation introduced to deprive Internet users of their privacy and make the open collection of data a natural part of the online landscape.
Homeland Security’s key word ‘hotlist’ is really no surprise… they’re just the ones to get caught.
According to the manual, DHS breaks down its monitoring into a whopping 14 categories ranging from Health to Fire to Terrorism. It’s a testament to how bloated the department’s scope has become.
Afterwards there is a list of 377 of key terms to monitor, most of which are completely innocuous. Exercise. Cloud. Leak. Sick. Organization. Pork. Bridge. Smart. Tucson. Target. China. Social media.
Curiously, in its ‘Critical Information Requirements’, the manual decrees that analysts should also catalog items which may “reflect adversely on DHS and response activities.”
Absolutely unreal. Big Brother is not just watching. He’s digging, searching, reading, monitoring, archiving, and judging too.
Have you hit your breaking point yet?
Each word that has been posted here … They must have a daily field day with JUST Piper, wait a minute, I KNOW they do:
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Coast Guard (USCG)
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Secret Service (USSS)
National Operations Center (NOC)
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Secure Border Initiative (SBI)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)
Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
United Nations (UN)
Domestic nuclear detection
National preparedness initiative
State of emergency
Bomb (squad or threat)
STOP! STOP! I cannot keep going down this ridiculous list! By the time I got to ‘leak’, I had only seen 4-5 ‘words’ that are not on this website. Are you kidding me?! They may as well add And, But, If and you are an arse to this invasion of our rights!
I checked in the dictionary and they left out 3 english language words but I’m not saying what they are because I plan to create a system of communication using numbers and those three words. I’ll check back in later when I’m finished. I don’t know about you but I already feel safer. – Bob
So, what are they going to do with the list? I’m on their list due to the nomenclature of my occupation and interests. It is an invasion of privicy! What can be done about it? Maybe recomend some more words be added – like voter fraud, lobbiest, kick back, extended vacation, sticking it to taxpayers – John
JUST Piper says add these two:
* Making it ABOUT OBAMA and Vetting…
Here we go again!!! I’m probably on another list for this comment.
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