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… due to fear of untoward consequences from the government. Click the link for the list: as indicated in the article, it includes the words “pork,” “taco,” and “cloud.”
The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.
The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ‘attack’, ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘dirty bomb’ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ‘pork’, ‘cloud’, ‘team’ and ‘Mexico’.
Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.
The words are included in the department’s 2011 ‘Analyst’s Desktop Binder‘ used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify ‘media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities’.
Really, folks, I promise you — Janet Napolitano did not come up with this sort of list — or even the impetus for it, by herself. She’ll be a fine President of the UC system, I’m sure. Just, uh, watch your language around her. (This article came out on May 26, of this year, by the way. Seems like years ago by now, doesn’t it?)
Meanwhile, just to go out with our head held high (and since we’ve already used the words), here’s a picture of a pork taco cloud.
This is your Weekend Open Thread — and it’s also what happens when I didn’t get around to writing a Weekend Open Thread and have to pull something quickly from the (virtual) file drawer. Talk about this — ideally the original article at the link — or anything else you’d like, within broad bounds of decorum and discretion. The weekly OC Register Dearthwatch will be pasted just below this as soon as its completed.