The Department of Homeland Security has released their 2011 "Analysts Desktop Binder," detailing how the department has been monitoring activity on the internet and social networks. The binder includes an extensive list of key words and search terms carefully watched by analysts in multiple agencies including the Directorate for National Protection and Programs, Directorate for Science and Technology, Office of Health Affairs, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others. Many monitored search terms are basic and used on a regular basis by every day American citizens and journalists. DHS is capable of identifying...
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Maybe they've learned that terrorists always misspell "lightning". After all, these are our skilled tacticians in the war on terror. Oh, sorry, it's not "war on terror" anymore. Inability to spell aside, though, in what possible context could some of these terms be indicative of some nefarious scheme? Erosion? Help? I can't imagine flagging every email or post that contains the word "help". And it must be some evil genius who can turn erosion into a weapon of terrorism.
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