Want To Catch The Attention Of The Government? Use These Words On Social Media

    June 6, 2013
    Zach Walton
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This morning has certainly been fun – we now know that the NSA has been, and will continue, collecting personal metadata of Verizon subscribers until July 19. If that wasn’t enough surveillance for you, the Department of Homeland Security would like to kick it up a notch. Did you know that they regularly scan social media sites looking for certain words? Well, you do now.

Thanks to a freedom of information request, the DHS has released the manual its analysts use when scanning social networks and other online sources for news on potential terrorist attacks or crimes. In other words, the DHS employs a number of people who browse Facebook, Twitter and other social networks all day looking for specific words.

So, without further ado, here are the words you need to use if you want to grab the attention of the DHS:

Use These Words On Social Media

Use These Words On Social Media

Use These Words On Social Media

It’s a little strange that very common words like “ice” and help” are on the watch list. Those who analyze these words probably use context in these situations though to determine the difference between somebody lamenting the latest ice storm, and a person threatening to “ice” somebody.

If you were wondering, the DHS released the 2011 edition of the manual. The latest editions probably have more words in them, but the above list gives us a good indication of what the government is looking for on social media.

In short, be mindful of what you’re saying before you string “interstate,” “China,” and “snow” into a sentence.

As an aside, it seems that the DHS doesn’t know how to spell “lightning.” Under the Weather/Disaster/Emergency section, our favorite electric bolts from the sky are listed as “lightening.” Simple typo or does the government hire people with the grammar of an 8-year-old? The world may never know.

[h/t: Now This News]
  • Name

    Doesn’t it dawn on these people that any real terrorist is going to avoid the internet like the plague?

    This is all ridiculous. My God, is this what a once great nation has come to?

    • Daniel

      Same thing as airport security. Harrassing regular travellers is a business decision. While it annoys people, it gives them an illusion of safety so they don’t stop flying because of (admittedly unreasonable) fears. As if actual terrorists wouldn’t be able to find a way to not have to pass through regular airport security.

  • CrazedLeper

    This is complete nonsense. There’s no way they would let the real list be released to the public. How many people with something to hide would read this list and replace the trigger words with code words? This list is designed to make you think that they are trying to protect you.

    How many terrorists say “let’s deliver the ‘Improvised Explosive Device’? Who talks like that? How many drug dealers refer to their product as “cocaine”? All the biggest know better. How many people who aren’t drug dealers have cause to refer to “cocaine” in casual conversation? Almost everyone, right? So how much sense does it make to search conversations for that word? Almost none, right? Therefore, this must not be the real list.

  • Bill

    And the real terrorist use code words that don’t appear on the list.

    • Cor1122

      You mean Arabic?

      P.S. Human to Animal

  • Kevin

    ICE= Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, not as in “ice someone”.

  • Nick

    I think that we the people who are being monitored, should proceed to use these words as often as possible in posts. Create more profiles to spam these words. Create programs that do nothing but post sentences constructed out of these words. Maybe if we show them that we’re concerned, more concerned about them than “‘terrists” then we’ll make some kind of impact.

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