Homeland Security personnel regularly monitor updates on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, to uncover "Items Of Interest" (IOI), according to an internal DHS memo released by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), reports Animal New York.
That baseline list of terms for which the DHS searches -- or at least a DHS subcontractor hired to monitor social networks -- reveals which specific words generate realtime IOI reports.
The term "marijuana" is supposedly included because of drug cartel violence south of the border in Mexico. Interestingly, "cannabis" isn't on the furnished list, but my bet is that it will be very soon.
Although the released PDF is almost all reader-selectable text, the list of terms of curiously embedded as an image of text, preventing simple indexing. Animal New York fixed that problem by running the entire list themselves (see the entire list at the end of this article).
1) U.S. and foreign individuals in extremis situations involving potential life or death circumstances; (this is no change)
2) Senior U.S. and foreign government officials who make public statements or provide public updates;
3) U.S. and foreign government spokespersons who make public statements or provide public updates;
4) U.S. and foreign private sector officials and spokespersons who make public statements or provide public updates;
5) Names of anchors, newscasters, or on-scene reporters who are known or identified as reporters in their post or article or who use traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed;
6) Current and former public officials who are victims of incidents or activities related to Homeland Security; and
7) Terrorists, drug cartel leaders or other persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest, (e.g., mass shooters such as those at Virginia Tech or Ft. Hood) who are killed or found dead.
The Media Monitoring Capability team can transmit personal information to the DHS National Operations Center over the phone as deemed necessary.
In addition to the following list of "suspicious" terms, the DHS can also add additional trigger terms circumstantially, "as deemed necessary." So basically, they can spy on you for any reason, or for no reason at all.
Looking at the list below, it's interesting to note that the Department of Homeland Security searches social media for -- wait for it -- the term "social media." Geniuses they are, I say! Geniuses!
Don't you feel safer now?
DHS Media Monitoring Terms
2.13 Key Words & Search Terms
This is a current list of terms that will be used by the NOC when monitoring social media sites to provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture. As natural or manmade disasters occur, new search terms may be added.
The new search terms will not use PII in searching for relevant
DHS & Other Agencies
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Coast Guard (USCG)
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Secret Service (USSS)
National Operations Center (NOC)
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
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)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
United Nations (UN)
DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office)
Domestic nuclear detection
Maritime domain awareness (MDA)
National preparedness initiative
Disaster medical assistance team (DMAT)
State of emergency
Bomb (squad or threat)
HAZMAT & Nuclear
Biological infection (or event)
Hazardous material incident
Health Concern + H1N1
Foot and Mouth (FMD)
Human to human
Human to ANIMAL
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Drug Administration (FDA)
World Health Organization (WHO and components)
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources)
Airplane (and derivatives)
NBIC (National Biosurveillance Integration Center)
Failure or outage
Southwest Border Violence
MS13 or MS-13
Cartel de Golfo
Narco banners (Spanish equivalents)
Al Queda (all spellings)
Improvised explosive device
IED (Improvised Explosive Device)
FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces Colombia)
IRA (Irish Republican Army)
ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna)
PLF (Palestine Liberation Front)
PLO (Palestine Libration Organization)
AQAP (Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula)
AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)
TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan)
Tsunami Warning Center
Mud slide or Mudslide
Emergency Broadcast System
DDOS (dedicated denial of service)
Denial of service
Cain and abel
Yes, the Department of Homeland Security is searching social media for..."social media".