Sunday, June 02, 2013

Words to avoid so US government won't spy on you

'Pork,' 'cloud,' 'team' and 'Mexico' !? Don't us these or you might be followed by Obama's agents.

DailyMail (UK)

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'.

Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which revealed how analysts monitor social networks and media organisations for comments that 'reflect adversely' on the government.

However they insisted the practice was aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.

But we have seen that they consider Americans talking about their government to be a threat.

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