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Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you

•, By Daniel Miller

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'.

3 Comments in Response to

Comment by Alicia Pepin
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no offense but we the people have no privacy anymore so this artivle is rubbish, they spy on us through many tools wake up, are rights are gone.
Comment by James Eldridge
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Now that there is a list we can see, watch those thousands of comments flood the system in an attempt to bring it down.

I guess that if anyone wants a job they could apply for one of these watch dog positions. Hey, I would do it from my home if the gov would come in and set up the new PC and show me just what to look for. I'm home 24/7 and have nothing better to do with myself. Whoa... Work at home and earn a paycheck.

Fighting them is out of the question, as they already have the upper hand. So as of today, I finally give in and will join with those that work to destroy this nation and the rest of the world for a paycheck.

Comment by Ed Price
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Now you tell us!

Actually, the list is not limited to these few. These are only the ones that get you moved up on the list.

The real list includes all words and phrases in all languages. What I mean is, if Homeland Security had the ability, they would have stomped out all freedom long ago.

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