‘Help’ Among Other “Suspicious” Words on the DHS Social Media Watch List
It’s no big surprise to hear that the department of homeland security has been monitoring social media, searching for key words that may lead to the arrest, or set up, of the war on terror’s most recent actor.
If you’re like many of us who use social media to connect and share ideas with protesters around the world, it’s likely you have used the word ‘Police,’ ‘Help,’ or ‘Standoff’ to describe what you were witnessing. These words, among many others, including ‘ice’ and ‘snow’, are being closely monitored by a federal agency meant to fight terrorism. Literally everyone who uses social media is a suspect, as the words ‘social’ and ‘media,’ when combined, also trigger DHS attention.
The long list of suspect words were published in a 2011 DHS manual, The Analyst’s Desktop Binder, which is used by the National Operations Center to identify “media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities.” Department officials were forced to release the manual following a house hearing over revealing documents released through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Though the department has denied it, it’s clear DHS is monitoring political dissent rather than the supposed “freedom hating” terrorists around the world. The word ‘terrorist’ has carefully been redefined as anyone who opposes the actions of their government, and has been used far too often to describe people with different opinions. Just last week a city council meeting in Oakland, California was cut short when the chambers erupted in shouts of opposition to a man who claimed that the occupy movement was “bordering on terrorism.”
The department of homeland security is not doing anything to advance our safety, but only establishing and maintaining a global witch hunt on dissent. Why is it necessary to have a DHS police force to monitor protests? On May Day in Oakland, a group of about a half dozen DHS police officers stood by while a man lay on the street bleeding from a head wound. They refused to help him, and continued to monitor the crowd as occupy street medics helped the injured protester.
Here is the list of suspicious words in case you wanted to go trigger some silent alarm bells…