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Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: May 27, 2012 04:09PM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150281/REVEALED-Hundreds-words-avoid-using-online-dont-want-government-spying-you.html



A FOIA request has revealed that the Department of Homeland Security searches social networking and news sites looking for the following keywords and phrases. The agency insists it is not searching for dissent, simply gathering information for threat awareness.



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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Ed Grimly ()
Date: May 27, 2012 04:15PM

So, are you scrambling to delete most of your posts?

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: May 27, 2012 04:17PM

Ed Grimly Wrote:
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> So, are you scrambling to delete most of your
> posts?




Brute forcing Matamoros wildfire!

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: itchy ()
Date: May 27, 2012 04:18PM

Well you just set them on high alert with all of their keywords at once. Lol.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: itchy ()
Date: May 27, 2012 04:20PM

How come apocalypse is not in there?

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: May 27, 2012 04:23PM

itchy Wrote:
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> How come apocalypse is not in there?





Probably would come back with too many science fiction and religious sites...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/27/2012 04:23PM by eesh.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: TheNorthman ()
Date: May 27, 2012 05:15PM

I'm surprised "mujahad--n *-cr-t* " (replace - with e AND replace * with s) is not there. It is the encryption software that AQAP uses to communicate, particularly with people that they attempt to recruit overseas.

But I agree that lots of these words are for too common to follow up their every use of online.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: May 27, 2012 05:47PM

Thiose are the ones they revealed with the FOIA release - the ones they didn't reveal are probably much more interesting.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: May 27, 2012 05:48PM

They key off of "cloud"!?

Gawd...the hits they must be getting...

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Ten Toes in the Grave ()
Date: May 27, 2012 05:57PM

This would make a great Washington Post Style Invitational contest: Use as many of the words or phrases as you can in, say, 100 words to tell a not-so-terrorizing story.

You could take the easy way out and pack your story with "initative," "facility," "cloud," "gas," "wave," "power," and so on.

Or maybe a theme: "human-to-animal," "Trojan," "strain," "burst," and "relief."

Or gardening: "plot, "enriched," "worm," "agriculture," and "agro."

Or shopping: "Target," "Crest," "pork," "powder," "enriched," and "home grown."

Why not try it as a "Fairfax Underground Invitational?"

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Vexxxed ()
Date: May 27, 2012 07:01PM

itchy Wrote:
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> Well you just set them on high alert with all of
> their keywords at once. Lol.


Not so much really.......eesh posted a picture of the list.

In effect, he cheated thus exposing himself as a home grown terrorist of the first order.

Who the fuck sits around all day reading this crap? Any one of those words probably comes up ten thousand times a day on various sites.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Robin aka M ()
Date: May 27, 2012 07:40PM

Mix me a Molotov


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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Conie ()
Date: May 27, 2012 07:42PM

Vexxxed Wrote:
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> itchy Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Well you just set them on high alert with all
> of
> > their keywords at once. Lol.
>
>
> Not so much really.......eesh posted a picture of
> the list.
>
> In effect, he cheated thus exposing himself as a
> home grown terrorist of the first order.
>
> Who the fuck sits around all day reading this
> crap? Any one of those words probably comes up
> ten thousand times a day on various sites.


+1

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: vexxxed is an idiot ()
Date: May 27, 2012 07:43PM

eesh Wrote:
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> Ed Grimly Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > So, are you scrambling to delete most of your
> > posts?
>
>
>
>
> Brute forcing Matamoros wildfire!

Clearly you missed this. Although itchy said "all" he still said "all" of that.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Vexxxed ()
Date: May 27, 2012 07:46PM

vexxxed is an idiot Wrote:
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> eesh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Ed Grimly Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > So, are you scrambling to delete most of your
> > > posts?
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Brute forcing Matamoros wildfire!
>
> Clearly you missed this. Although itchy said "all"
> he still said "all" of that.


WTF are you talking about Lizzie?

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: motherf8cker ()
Date: May 28, 2012 02:26AM

A-Hole

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: MrMephisto ()
Date: May 28, 2012 02:36AM

eesh Wrote:
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> The agency insists it is not searching
> for dissent, simply gathering information for
> threat awareness.

I'd believe that. Most of those words and the way people would use them are harmless. Most tips will still be gathered the old-fashioned way; informants, investigations, and citizen reporting.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: hoocoodanode ()
Date: May 28, 2012 07:27PM

Power outage? Maybe they should add -pepco to that list.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: May 29, 2012 02:39PM

Actually, this is all a ruse.

DHS doesn't look for anything with any of those words in it; if your whatever has one or more of those words, they ignore it.

No, what they're REALLY looking for is anything that does NOT have at least one of those words in it; this signals a PRIME suspect since it is essentially impossible not to use at least one of those words so anyone NOT using one of those words is purposefully avoiding their use.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: MrMephisto ()
Date: May 29, 2012 04:12PM

Olde Farte, II Wrote:
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> Actually, this is all a ruse.
>
> DHS doesn't look for anything with any of those
> words in it; if your whatever has one or more of
> those words, they ignore it.
>
> No, what they're REALLY looking for is anything
> that does NOT have at least one of those words in
> it; this signals a PRIME suspect since it is
> essentially impossible not to use at least one of
> those words so anyone NOT using one of those words
> is purposefully avoiding their use.

It's most likely used to gather data from different news reports from across the country so they can see which areas have stuff going on that could be a potential threat to the nation. For example, if they see an increase in bombings and shootings from news sources in the midwest, that could point to the emergence of an extremist group. An increase in the number of discussions about Mexican drug cartel activity on the border could show them areas where they need to beef up their presence.

The idea that the government is "spying" on people if they use these words in something they write on the internet is laughable.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 29, 2012 04:22PM

MrMephisto Wrote:
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> Olde Farte, II Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Actually, this is all a ruse.
> >
> > DHS doesn't look for anything with any of those
> > words in it; if your whatever has one or more
> of
> > those words, they ignore it.
> >
> > No, what they're REALLY looking for is anything
> > that does NOT have at least one of those words
> in
> > it; this signals a PRIME suspect since it is
> > essentially impossible not to use at least one
> of
> > those words so anyone NOT using one of those
> words
> > is purposefully avoiding their use.
>
> It's most likely used to gather data from
> different news reports from across the country so
> they can see which areas have stuff going on that
> could be a potential threat to the nation. For
> example, if they see an increase in bombings and
> shootings from news sources in the midwest, that
> could point to the emergence of an extremist
> group. An increase in the number of discussions
> about Mexican drug cartel activity on the border
> could show them areas where they need to beef up
> their presence.
>
> The idea that the government is "spying" on people
> if they use these words in something they write on
> the internet is laughable.

I wholeheartedly believe that the government monitors as much of the internet's traffic as they can. Ever heard the word 'chatter'? If you dont think this is so, it must be a rosy world you like in.

EDIT: I a 10 second "search" I found this. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/13/us-usa-security-internet-idUSTRE80C06T20120113

"Representatives Patrick Meehan and Jackie Speier said in the letter to Caryn Wagner, undersecretary of homeland security for intelligence and analysis, that they "believe it would be advantageous for DHS and the broader Intelligence Community to carefully parse the massive streams of data from various social media outlets to identify current or emerging threats to our homeland security."



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/29/2012 04:27PM by JBass.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: MrMephisto ()
Date: May 29, 2012 05:13PM

JBass Wrote:
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> I wholeheartedly believe that the government
> monitors as much of the internet's traffic as they
> can. Ever heard the word 'chatter'? If you dont
> think this is so, it must be a rosy world you like
> in.

How is "chatter" any different than what I'm talking about? They mine the internet for data looking for certain keywords to evaluate trends.

> EDIT: I a 10 second "search" I found this.
> http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/13/us-usa-s
> ecurity-internet-idUSTRE80C06T20120113
>
> "Representatives Patrick Meehan and Jackie Speier
> said in the letter to Caryn Wagner, undersecretary
> of homeland security for intelligence and
> analysis, that they "believe it would be
> advantageous for DHS and the broader Intelligence
> Community to carefully parse the massive streams
> of data from various social media outlets to
> identify current or emerging threats to our
> homeland security."

The amount of storage and processing power you'd need to process the petabytes of information that goes across the internet per day is unfathomable, not to mention the processing power you'd need to translate that data from foreign languages, too. Then there's the issue of complicity from search engines and providers like Facebook who would have to give the government free access to the data that passes through their servers.

They're talking about services like Twitter, news outlets, and message boards, but they're not monitoring everything. The technology to do so simply doesn't exist.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: May 29, 2012 06:37PM

MrMephisto Wrote:
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> ...The technology to do so simply doesn't exist.

The Gummamint is already making noises about requiring ISPs to do deep-packet inspections.

If you have thousands of ISP doing your main work for you, the workload lowers dramatically.

And...

The computing power of the massively parallel (let's say that more correctly...MASSIVELY PARALLEL) computers of the NSA, in particular, would probably make all our heads spin.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 30, 2012 09:18AM

MrMephisto Wrote:
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> JBass Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I wholeheartedly believe that the government
> > monitors as much of the internet's traffic as
> they
> > can. Ever heard the word 'chatter'? If you
> dont
> > think this is so, it must be a rosy world you
> like
> > in.
>
> How is "chatter" any different than what I'm
> talking about? They mine the internet for data
> looking for certain keywords to evaluate trends.
>
> > EDIT: I a 10 second "search" I found this.
> >
> http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/13/us-usa-s
>
> > ecurity-internet-idUSTRE80C06T20120113
> >
> > "Representatives Patrick Meehan and Jackie
> Speier
> > said in the letter to Caryn Wagner,
> undersecretary
> > of homeland security for intelligence and
> > analysis, that they "believe it would be
> > advantageous for DHS and the broader
> Intelligence
> > Community to carefully parse the massive
> streams
> > of data from various social media outlets to
> > identify current or emerging threats to our
> > homeland security."
>
> The amount of storage and processing power you'd
> need to process the petabytes of information that
> goes across the internet per day is unfathomable,
> not to mention the processing power you'd need to
> translate that data from foreign languages, too.
> Then there's the issue of complicity from search
> engines and providers like Facebook who would have
> to give the government free access to the data
> that passes through their servers.
>
> They're talking about services like Twitter, news
> outlets, and message boards, but they're not
> monitoring everything. The technology to do so
> simply doesn't exist.

You are wearing blinders man. Of course the technology exists to monitor much of our traffic. Do a lil research on the proposals working its way through Britains government.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/surveillance-technology-repressive-regimes

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: MrMephisto ()
Date: May 30, 2012 09:24AM

JBass Wrote:
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> You are wearing blinders man.

They're a lot easier to clean than tinfoil hats.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Wally ()
Date: May 30, 2012 09:44AM

Anyone who thinks DHS and/or NSA is not "listening" to and analyzing social media feeds is naive. It is ALL being analyzed in real time, risk assessed and scored. Any juicy bits are saved for analyst review.

If the banks and the credit card companies can devote resources for the review and risk scoring of every single financial transaction that passes through their network, the government can devote the resources to analyze Facebook and twitter feeds. Who is to say an NSA or CIA sponsored bot net isn't already in place?

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 30, 2012 09:44AM

MrMephisto Wrote:
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> JBass Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > You are wearing blinders man.
>
> They're a lot easier to clean than tinfoil hats.


That got a chuckle outta me. Well played.

On a more serious note, sure Im a conspiracy theorist but not of the tinfoil hat variety. I know my life and the things I do are of no interest to the powers that be.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: MrMephisto ()
Date: May 30, 2012 11:08AM

JBass Wrote:
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> MrMephisto Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > JBass Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > You are wearing blinders man.
> >
> > They're a lot easier to clean than tinfoil
> hats.
>
>
> That got a chuckle outta me. Well played.
>
> On a more serious note, sure Im a conspiracy
> theorist but not of the tinfoil hat variety. I
> know my life and the things I do are of no
> interest to the powers that be.

My point, which I may have not conveyed clearly, is that the article calls this activity "spying" but it's not actually spying. Even if someone goes the rest of their life without using any of the words on the list, their contributions to monitored sites are still going to be sifted through by the algorithm looking to see if they used any of those words.

Conversely, nobody's going to have their door kicked in by men in black suits because they wrote, "Just got back from Mexico and it was the bomb, baby! I was glad there was a lot of security at the hotel because of all the gang activity I keep hearing about. They even had a nice gym so I could get a lot of exercise!"

The article treats this list like some huge revelation about the erosion of our liberty, but that's a gross distortion of reality.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 30, 2012 11:38AM

MrMephisto Wrote:
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> JBass Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > MrMephisto Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > JBass Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > You are wearing blinders man.
> > >
> > > They're a lot easier to clean than tinfoil
> > hats.
> >
> >
> > That got a chuckle outta me. Well played.
> >
> > On a more serious note, sure Im a conspiracy
> > theorist but not of the tinfoil hat variety. I
> > know my life and the things I do are of no
> > interest to the powers that be.
>
> My point, which I may have not conveyed clearly,
> is that the article calls this activity "spying"
> but it's not actually spying. Even if someone goes
> the rest of their life without using any of the
> words on the list, their contributions to
> monitored sites are still going to be sifted
> through by the algorithm looking to see if they
> used any of those words.

So basically we are in disagreement about the volume or number of monitored sites. You think there is a 'handful' and my intuition leads me to believe it is more exhaustive. They do monitor search engine searches they do monitor Facebook. Its no secret.

>
> Conversely, nobody's going to have their door
> kicked in by men in black suits because they
> wrote, "Just got back from Mexico and it was the
> bomb, baby! I was glad there was a lot of security
> at the hotel because of all the gang activity I
> keep hearing about. They even had a nice gym so I
> could get a lot of exercise!"

I think you have a way too rosy view of what our government does on a regular basis.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/high-tide-and-turn/2012/feb/28/why-government-monitoring-social-media-networks/
'The officer explained the US Government has a system to monitor and scan all social sites like Facebook for key words that might raise suspension of ill intent. The officer stated that Jason was ‘flagged due to his post on Facebook.’

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/fbi-to-monitor-facebook-twitter-myspace/8119
'Provide an automated search and scrape capability of both social networking sites and open source news sites for breaking events, crisis, and threats that meet the search parameters/keywords defined by FBI SIOC'

>
> The article treats this list like some huge
> revelation about the erosion of our liberty, but
> that's a gross distortion of reality.

I take my liberties absolutely. These programs strip me of my liberties. I disagree that it is a gross distortion of anything. i think it is a clear indicator of the downward spiral we are in.

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Hank Moody ()
Date: May 30, 2012 12:54PM

This list is nothing new. If you placed a call to Colombia during the 90s and mentioned "cocaine", "narco", "mafia" or even "bomba" (balloon in spanish) it was clear by the clicks that followed that the call was intercepted by some automated process and subsequently being monitored.


decapitated power infrastructure virus norvo h1n1 nuclear home grown police wmata bomb destroy incapcitate deaths fuck off NSA

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Big George & Ajax ()
Date: June 13, 2012 04:11PM

Will there be a DHS attack on a Windsor, Ontario radio station? The list contains CIKR, which is the call sign for http://www.krock1057.ca/
Should be interesting...eh?

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Lester ()
Date: June 13, 2012 04:24PM


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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Cattus Petasatus ()
Date: June 13, 2012 04:36PM

Since eesh only posted pictures of the wordlists, here's the first few lists in text form.

Expanding on the idea of Ten Toes in the Grave above, Ted Geisel wrote the first Cat in the Hat book using 223 words from a list of 348 supplied to him by William Spaulding, and added 13 more that weren't on the list. How about writing a story using only words found either in the Cat in the Hat or on one of these lists?

Domestic Security
Assassination
Attack
Domestic security
Drill
Exercise
Cops
Law enforcement
Authorities
Disaster assistance
Disaster management
DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office)
National preparedness
Mitigation
Prevention
Response
Recovery
Dirty bomb
Domestic nuclear detection
Emergency management
Emergency response
First responder
Homeland security
Maritime domain awareness (MDA)
National preparedness initiative
Militia
Shooting
Shots fired
Evacuation
Deaths
Hostage
Explosion (explosive)
Police
Disaster medical assistance team (DMAT)
Organized crime
Gangs
National security
State of emergency
Security
Breach
Threat
Standoff
SWAT
Screening
Lockdown
Bomb (squad or threat)
Crash
Looting
Riot
Emergency landing
Pipe bomb
Incident
Facility

HAZMAT & Nuclear
Hazmat
Nuclear
Chemical spill
Suspicious package/device
Toxic
National laboratory
Nuclear facility
Nuclear threat
Cloud
Plume
Radiation
Radioactive
Leak
Biological infection (or event)
Chemical
Chemical burn
Biological
Epidemic
Hazardous
Hazardous material incident
Industrial spill
Infection
Powder (white)
Gas
Spillover
Anthrax
Blister agent
Chemical agent
Exposure
Burn
Nerve agent
Ricin
Sarin
North Korea

Health Concern + H1N1
Outbreak
Contamination
Exposure
Virus
Evacuation
Bacteria
Recall
Ebola
Food Poisoning
Food and Mouth (FMD)
H5N1
Avian
Flu
Strain
Quarantine
H1N1
Vaccine
Salmonella
Smallpox
Plague
Human to human
Human to animal
Influenza
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Drug Administration (FDA)
Public Health
Toxic
Agro Terror
Tuberculosis (TB)
Tamiflu
Norovirus
Epidemic
Agriculture
Listeria
Symptoms
Mutation
Resistant
Antiviral
Wave
Pandemic
Infection
Water/air borne
Sick
Swine
Pork
World Health Organization (WHO) (and components)
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
E. Coli

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Re: Keywords and Phrases That Are Monitored by DHS
Posted by: Vexxxed ()
Date: June 13, 2012 05:22PM

So how many bad guys have gotten away with planning something horrible while DHS was "monitoring" this and every other website out there that talks about current events?

I'm pretty sure no criminal of any sort was ever caught due to "collection" of information but rather, by the information itself.

Is DHS going to hire the 2 million + unemployed people in this country to sort through the haze?

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