Words to Avoid in Posting?

The Daily Mail in the UK has published a list of words monitored by department of Homeland Security.  Many of them are used on this site quite regularly (and innocently). People have often wondered if the IRS is monitoring the site, perhaps it’s not just the IRS but the DHS, as well.

“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.”

Words include Mexico, disaster, jihad, law enforcement, collapse, plot, closure.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150281/REVEALED-Hundreds-words-avoid-using-online-dont-want-government-spying-you.html#ixzz1wSssY7Fc

Uh oh, now I’ve done it. I’ve used several all in one post.

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32 thoughts on “Words to Avoid in Posting?

  1. “Uh oh, now I’ve done it. I’ve used several all in one post.”
    You think you’re in trouble? I cut and pasted the whole list and sent it out in an e-mail. 😦

  2. I think we can safely say that those of us following this blog are simply trying to effect change peacefully and lawfully. As I tell my son: It is OK to get angry, but it is not OK to become violent in the process.

    But aren’t we supposed to “use our words” when we become angry?

  3. @Laura, better teach your son to check his ‘words’ against the list first!

    @All, I at first laughed, and then became appalled, at the list, there are SO many words that are used innocently, and many could be used in combination that could raise red flags with the DHS.
    Man, those DHS people must be some busy! Imagine the emails and posts they have to investigate! (especially Em’s since she used them all)

  4. @ outragedcanadian
    Actually I was kidding but it’s not a bad idea to keep them busy. It’s kind of a shot gun approach to keep them distracted and less likely to do damage. If we have any safety at all, it’s safety in numbers. More people throwing out more “listed” words will simply bog down their insufferable system.

  5. Interesting that Laura Secord would pop up when she played such an important part in the War of 1812! Yes, Laura, ‘lawfully and peacefully’ as we know,
    “The pen is mightier than the sword, but the tongue is mightier than them both put together.”
    ― Marcus Garvey

  6. Let the US get on with it. Perhaps the terrorists could use some obscure language like in the movie “Windtalkers” when the US military used a native-American’s language so the Japanese couldn’t understand the messages.

    At the end of the day unless you’re going to live only with cash, no SS number, like Clark Rockefeller, it’s hard not to leave an electronic footprint somewhere. In the end once they were on to him with good old detective work. However he denied the FBI the ease of just datamining to figure him out – fair dues to him! He strung it alone for over 20 years.

    I never could never understand the wife, Sandra Boss, who was last reported to living over here in the UK and working in the City. She graduated from Harvard Business School and was blind to his activities.

    Tomorrow I’m going to have a walk around central London, haven’t done that in a long time.

  7. I have an idea: we should make that list of words a signature for every post we do. Better yet, I’ll put the entire list on the side bar as “words to avoid using in every post”.

  8. Like I said in another comment today, the hysteria is going to rip that place apart. Articles like this just ADD to the hysteria. This is nothing but a head job to keep the “threat” in your heads, or really in Americans’ heads.

    The words are so basic and so DIRECT. I seriously doubt that they would screen all of these words. If they tried, it would result in way too many false positives. Listening for the Arabic, Farsi, Russian, or Korean equivalents is more effective. BUT they would never publish those foreign language equivalents in a newspaper because it’s foreign, and most native English speakers would identify with it so closely.

    This is a head job. There is NOTHING that is said, published, or shown to any audience that doesn’t have a purpose.

    Just step back and ask yourself “Why would someone publish this?” That’s America: Dishing Out Daily Doses of Misinformation for a Gullible Citizenry.

    Hey, where are those WMDs? 🙂

  9. @geez, it’s been reported in the media that the next wave of terrorism will be from within, so translating the list to other languages would not be helpful, but perhaps misspelling the ones they have will 😉

  10. @WhoaIt’Steve,thanks. I did see in the binder that blogs need to be verified by another source. However, right up front, the binder says, “The traditional and socialmedia teams review a story or posting from every direction and interest, utilizing thousands of
    reporters, sources, still/video cameramen, analysts, bloggers and ordinary individuals on scene.”
    So, how does this translate to blogs not being read or investigated? I am interested in your interpretation of this.

  11. Yes Whoa, “Don’t worry, nothing can go wrong… go wrong…go wrong…”

    But look at this part of that same article …
    Agents looks[sic] to CNN and Fox as the first two news sources in their First Tier credible sources for corroboration.

    LOL My first attempt to cut & paste that little excerpt from The Business Insider gave me a paste which included …

    Email Sent!
    You have successfully emailed the post.

    If I did I wonder where it went?

  12. Even though we have visions of 1984 in our heads it is quite simply an impossible task. Which is why they created the tiers to start with. There is not enough time nor manpower to investigate every single statement written by just American internet users let alone the entire online World. The US has over 200 million internet users, you would need a staff of considerably more than 216,000 (DHS’s reported total staff for 2010 according to Wikipedia) solely dedicated to investigate a fraction of the crap people write on blogs, which is why it’s mostly throw away.

  13. @whoa ‘you have nothing to worry about’. First of all it should be ‘we’ as you are a regular contributor, unless you of course you are attempting to distance yourself from other commenters here. Secondly, who has anything to ‘worry’ about here? There is nothing going on here other than individuals exercising their right to free speech. As far as I know, no one has conspired to engage in unlawful activity. I wouldn’t want to associate myself with any group that did (for the record!).

  14. @bubble Hahah too true. You’re right but I don’t feel like I have anything to worry about either. I indulge in some conspiracy theory’s from time to time (government, Echelon, store loyalty cards “tracking us,”) but in reality my life is boring and not worth the time and resources the government would need to expend in order to work up a file on me, I’m guessing it’s the same for most of you all too, the grocery store may be tracking us for marketing purposes but nothing nefarious can come out of them knowing my Ben & Jerry’s habit or at least I hope not, lol.

    I will say there is some scary stuff happening, the worst thing to be in the US right now is a Muslim, especially one that has current links or ties to the Middle East, they are under extreme scrutiny, and I’m not sure exactly how I feel about that, it makes me sort of uneasy.

  15. @Whoa, yes a lot of us feel uneasy about discrimination and the government targeting one group of people based on religion!
    Heed these words:
    “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

  16. Why do you think that there is NEVER a single day goes by without at least 1 reference to terrorism somewhere in the US media?? They have to keep the “enemy” in the mind. There’re some interesting studies on how people react to fear… Before it was communism; now it’s terrorism.. maybe in 30 years it will be atheism.. who knows with that place.

    The common theme is that the government propaganda offices throw out a news piece or two. The major media picks up on it. It never stops, nor do I believe it will EVER stop.

  17. The US is becoming unjust.

    Law enforcement’s jihad against workers from Mexico who toil in farmers’ plots brings economic collapse and disaster, not closure of the issue.

  18. Vin –

    You just beat me to it. Here’s one more, as terse as possible.

    Collapse of the law enforcement disaster brought closure to the jihad plot in Mexico.

    PS That is the kind of clarity you find in IRS sentences.

  19. List courtesy of http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-uncle-sam-admits-monitoring-you-these-377-words
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    Coast Guard (USCG)
    Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
    Border Patrol
    Secret Service (USSS)
    National Operations Center (NOC)
    Homeland Defense
    Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    Agent
    Task Force
    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    Fusion Center
    Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
    Secure Border Initiative (SBI)
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)
    Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    Air Marshal
    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    National Guard
    Red Cross
    United Nations (UN)
    Assassination
    Attack
    Domestic security
    Drill
    Exercise
    Cops
    Law enforcement
    Authorities
    Disaster assistance
    Disaster management
    DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office)
    National preparedness
    Mitigation
    Prevention
    Response
    Recovery
    Dirty bomb
    Domestic nuclear detection
    Emergency management
    Emergency response
    First responder
    Homeland security
    Maritime domain awareness (MDA)
    National preparedness initiative
    Militia Shooting
    Shots fired
    Evacuation
    Deaths
    Hostage
    Explosion (explosive)
    Police
    Disaster medical assistance team (DMAT)
    Organized crime
    Gangs
    National security
    State of emergency
    Security
    Breach
    Threat
    Standoff
    SWAT
    Screening
    Lockdown
    Bomb (squad or threat)
    Crash
    Looting
    Riot
    Emergency
    Landing
    Pipe bomb
    Incident
    Facility
    Hazmat
    Nuclear
    Chemical spill
    Suspicious package/device
    Toxic
    National laboratory
    Nuclear facility
    Nuclear threat
    Cloud
    Plume
    Radiation
    Radioactive
    Leak
    Biological infection (or event)
    Chemical
    Chemical burn
    Biological
    Epidemic
    Hazardous
    Hazardous material incident
    Industrial spill
    Infection
    Powder (white)
    Gas
    Spillover
    Anthrax
    Blister agent
    Chemical agent
    Exposure
    Burn
    Nerve agent
    Ricin
    Sarin
    North Korea
    Outbreak
    Contamination
    Exposure
    Virus
    Evacuation
    Bacteria
    Recall
    Ebola
    Food Poisoning
    Foot and Mouth (FMD)
    H5N1
    Avian
    Flu
    Salmonella
    Small Pox
    Plague
    Human to human
    Human to Animal
    Influenza
    Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    Drug Administration (FDA)
    Public Health
    Toxic Agro
    Terror Tuberculosis (TB)
    Agriculture
    Listeria
    Symptoms
    Mutation
    Resistant
    Antiviral
    Wave
    Pandemic
    Infection
    Water/air borne
    Sick
    Swine
    Pork
    Strain
    Quarantine
    H1N1
    Vaccine
    Tamiflu
    Norvo Virus
    Epidemic
    World Health Organization (WHO) (and components)
    Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
    E. Coli
    Infrastructure security
    Airport
    CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources)
    AMTRAK
    Collapse
    Computer infrastructure
    Communications infrastructure
    Telecommunications
    Critical infrastructure
    National infrastructure
    Metro
    WMATA
    Airplane (and derivatives)
    Chemical fire
    Subway
    BART
    MARTA
    Port Authority
    NBIC (National Biosurveillance Integration Center)
    Transportation security
    Grid
    Power
    Smart
    Body scanner
    Electric
    Failure or outage
    Black out
    Brown out
    Port
    Dock
    Bridge
    Cancelled
    Delays
    Service disruption
    Power lines
    Drug cartel
    Violence
    Gang
    Drug
    Narcotics
    Cocaine
    Marijuana
    Heroin
    Border
    Mexico
    Cartel
    Southwest
    Juarez
    Sinaloa
    Tijuana
    Torreon
    Yuma
    Tucson
    Decapitated
    U.S. Consulate
    Consular
    El Paso
    Fort Hancock
    San Diego
    Ciudad Juarez
    Nogales
    Sonora
    Colombia
    Mara salvatrucha
    MS13 or MS-13
    Drug war
    Mexican army
    Methamphetamine
    Cartel de Golfo
    Gulf Cartel
    La Familia
    Reynosa
    Nuevo Leon
    Narcos
    Narco banners (Spanish equivalents)
    Los Zetas
    Shootout
    Execution
    Gunfight
    Trafficking
    Kidnap
    Calderon
    Reyosa
    Bust
    Tamaulipas
    Meth Lab
    Drug trade
    Illegal immigrants
    Smuggling (smugglers)
    Matamoros
    Michoacana
    Guzman
    Arellano-Felix
    Beltran-Leyva
    Barrio Azteca
    Artistic Assassins
    Mexicles
    New Federation
    Terrorism
    Al Qaeda (all spellings)
    Terror
    Attack
    Iraq
    Afghanistan
    Iran
    Pakistan
    Agro
    Environmental terrorist
    Eco terrorism
    Conventional weapon
    Target
    Weapons grade
    Dirty bomb
    Enriched
    Nuclear
    Chemical weapon
    Biological weapon
    Ammonium nitrate
    Improvised explosive device
    IED (Improvised Explosive Device)
    Abu Sayyaf
    Hamas
    FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces Colombia)
    IRA (Irish Republican Army)
    ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna)
    Basque Separatists
    Hezbollah
    Tamil Tigers
    PLF (Palestine Liberation Front)
    PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization
    Car bomb
    Jihad
    Taliban
    Weapons cache
    Suicide bomber
    Suicide attack
    Suspicious substance
    AQAP (AL Qaeda Arabian Peninsula)
    AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)
    TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan)
    Yemen
    Pirates
    Extremism
    Somalia
    Nigeria
    Radicals
    Al-Shabaab
    Home grown
    Plot
    Nationalist
    Recruitment
    Fundamentalism
    Islamist
    Emergency
    Hurricane
    Tornado
    Twister
    Tsunami
    Earthquake
    Tremor
    Flood
    Storm
    Crest
    Temblor
    Extreme weather
    Forest fire
    Brush fire
    Ice
    Stranded/Stuck
    Help
    Hail
    Wildfire
    Tsunami Warning Center
    Magnitude
    Avalanche
    Typhoon
    Shelter-in-place
    Disaster
    Snow
    Blizzard
    Sleet
    Mud slide or Mudslide
    Erosion
    Power outage
    Brown out
    Warning
    Watch
    Lightening
    Aid
    Relief
    Closure
    Interstate
    Burst
    Emergency Broadcast System
    Cyber security
    Botnet
    DDOS (dedicated denial of service)
    Denial of service
    Malware
    Virus
    Trojan
    Keylogger
    Cyber Command
    2600
    Spammer
    Phishing
    Rootkit
    Phreaking
    Cain and abel
    Brute forcing
    Mysql injection
    Cyber attack
    Cyber terror
    Hacker
    China
    Conficker
    Worm
    Scammers
    Social media

  20. I notice that “Canada” has not been included the list. As a Canadian I am very sensitive to when the United States is ignoring us. They have included a number of countries including Mexico in this list, but have once again forgotten to mention the nice neighbor to the north.

  21. If lots website were tagged wtth Petro’s list it would make the whole exercise somewhat useless or at least waste time investigating.

  22. @ Petros
    What are “Mexicles”? I could understand Canicles (we’ve got the the climate for it) but I can’t imagine anything freezing in Mexico.

  23. @outraged
    I wonder if the Daily Mail is now on the watch list by putting all of those words on a site in one go. For that matter, now, your post has ensured that this site is on the watch list. 😉

  24. @Zuludogm, I think we’re in good company, considering the long list of words!
    @Em, to my surprise, mexicle is a real word, thanks for pulling that one out! Could apparently be a popsicle, a gang in mexico, a Texas prison gang or a game? I’m sure DHS would be on the lookout, though, for reportedly really bad popsicles enjoyed by mexicans in their own country.

  25. Oh my my. Tornado and hurricane are on the list. As are snow, sleet, blizzard, and lightning. Be afraid, Environment Canada Weather Service, be vewy vewy afraid, your weather bulletins are monitored by DHS as potential “tewwowist” (does DHS make allowance for Elmer Fudd spellings?) communications! I guess I better stop discussing the weather in my emails to my sister the prairie farmer …

    Then there’s the word “smart.” I’d be more worried about “stupid” if I were DHS, there’s so much stupid floating around in that organization. In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, what a bunch of maroons. (Oops, I just gave DHS another word to add to their list!) Where are Mel Blanc and Chuck Jones now we really need them?

    Sadly, the whole insane asylum south of our border increasingly seems to have been taken over by the lunatics. If in any doubt, just read most pages of the Congressional Record these days … Yep, exceptional is right.

    Boy am I glad I left that place more than 40 years ago and ditched (better not use the “r” word) my USC a few years thereafter … every day and in every way, my decision back then seems better and better.

    Thanks for making my afternoon, Petros and Outragedcanadian.

    Why am I reminded of boggarts and the counter-curse “riddiculus” from one of the Harry Potter novels?

  26. Here’s an afterthought to my boggart reference from J. K. Rowling — send the link and some of the words on it to every American relative you have. Holding the DHS up to public ridicule is the best way to counter them. Go for it.

  27. Some of the keywords might be included not as attempts to villify the sites where the words are employed, but only to get additional information on things that we might all agree that the US government (and all governments) should be concerned about. For example “scammers” could lead to sites about African advance-fee fraud, allowing the government to see what sort of tactics are being used by the scammers (I have seen several blog sites where usually non-violent vigilantes exchange tips on how to try to bait such scammers and then humiliate them, warn people about them, and/or get enough information to turn them into the police, or at least give the police better information on scammer modus operandi so that the police are better able to warn people against getting caught up in the scams, and chase the scammers when they have a good enough lead.).

    I myself have been the target of scammers (everybody has probably received strange emails) via email and even by postal mail. After I had received a few strange letters that promised outrageous amounts of money posted from one country and asking me to contact entitie(s) in other countrie(s), I once wrote the national police authorities in my country, with the scam letters attached, to let them know what some gang was trying to do to me, and probably others, some of which might not be smart enough to smell fish or a rat. They responded politely that they knew of the type of scam, but were interested in the material I gave them because it might lead them to a new group of people that were trying to defraud naive people. They said they would update their database with the return addresses and entities I was supposed to contact, along with copies of the scam letters. When and if they nail these people on a concrete case where they actually stole money from somebody, they can use the evidence I gave them to support the case against the crooks.

    Even if you don’t always like the police in your country, sometimes there are things that you really want the police to know about. Maybe they will spend more time chasing the real criminals who try to screw honest citizens instead of people who just want the US to leave them alone.

    It’s not all bad. We are exersizing freedom of speech and freedom of the press here at Isaac Brock. To my mind, the notion of free press and speech also means that everybody has the right to read what we have to say and find us through whatever keyword they want to try. As long as the readers don’t practice censure, spam us with negative comments that are unmotivated or off the subject, or shut us down. Let Unca Sam read our blog, he might learn something that would change his mind and policies.

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