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.
So now we know, at least, what these goons are looking for. Sort of.
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?
For the complete list of these words, Click Here.
Below, we have selected a few of the fun ones.
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The Complete List of DHS Flagged Words
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)
DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office)
Domestic nuclear detection
Maritime domain awareness (MDA)
National preparedness initiative
Disaster medical assistance team (DMAT)
State of emergency
Bomb (squad or threat)
Biological infection (or event)
Hazardous material incident
Foot and Mouth (FMD)
Human to human
Human to Animal
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Drug Administration (FDA)
Terror Tuberculosis (TB)
World Health Organization (WHO) (and components)
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources)
Airplane (and derivatives)
NBIC (National Biosurveillance Integration Center)
Failure or outage
MS13 or MS-13
Cartel de Golfo
Narco banners (Spanish equivalents)
Al Qaeda (all spellings)
Improvised explosive device
IED (Improvised Explosive Device)
FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces Colombia)
IRA (Irish Republican Army)
ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna)
PLF (Palestine Liberation Front)
PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization
AQAP (AL Qaeda Arabian Peninsula)
AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)
TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan)
Tsunami Warning Center
Mud slide or Mudslide
Emergency Broadcast System
DDOS (dedicated denial of service)
Denial of service
Cain and abel