Sat May 26, 2012, 10:47 AM
TalkingDog (7,733 posts)
Feds forced to release social network monitoring manual, contains list of "alert" words
In the latest revelation of how the federal government is monitoring social media and online news outlets, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has posted online a 2011 Department of Homeland Security manual that includes hundreds of key words (such as those above) and search terms used to detect possible terrorism, unfolding natural disasters and public health threats. The center, a privacy watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request and then sued to obtain the release of the documents.
The 39-page “Analyst’s Desktop Binder” used by the department’s National Operations Center includes no-brainer words like “”attack,” “epidemic” and “Al Qaeda” (with various spellings). But the list also includes words that can be interpreted as either menacing or innocent depending on the context, such as “exercise,” “drill,” “wave,” “initiative,” “relief” and “organization.”
These terms and others are “broad, vague and ambiguous” and include “vast amounts of First Amendment protected speech that is entirely unrelated to the Department of Homeland Security mission to protect the public against terrorism and disasters,” stated the Electronic Privacy Information Center in letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
The manual was released by the center a week after Homeland Security officials were grilled at a House hearing over other documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that revealed analysts were scrutinizing online comments that “reflect adversely” on the federal government. Mary Ellen Callahan, the chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, and Richard Chavez, director for the National Operations Center, testified that the released documents were outdated and that social media was monitored strictly to provide situational awareness and not to police disparaging opinions about the federal government. On Friday, Homeland Security officials stuck by that testimony.
Hi Agent Mike
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Feds forced to release social network monitoring manual, contains list of "alert" words (Original post)
|Brother Buzz||May 2012||#5|
|woo me with science||May 2012||#6|
Response to TalkingDog (Original post)
Sat May 26, 2012, 04:47 PM
cthulu2016 (7,946 posts)
4. This anti-terror initiative fills me with relief. It is
high time that some organization moved to attack the epidemic of anti-Americanism on social media and...
Hang on. I'll get right back to you. There's somebody at the door.
Response to TalkingDog (Original post)
Sat May 26, 2012, 04:51 PM
Brother Buzz (8,494 posts)
5. I thought Agent Mike's old list was fairly comprehensive
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