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Apparently the Department of Homeland (In)Security has been parsing internet communications including social media and presumably sites like DKos for an interesting set of "keywords".  Yes, unsurprisingly the First Amendment doesn't mean much in light of the "War on Terra"™ courtesy of the paranoid idiots who brought us the DHS and the Patriot Act.

The MailOnline is reporting that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a Freedom of Information request to see the list of keywords that DHS "analysts" use to find suspicious activity on the internet.  Yes, you too can be flagged for using words like "cloud", "initiative" and "Sick" in your Facebook or Twitter posts. The First Amendment?  What the Fuck is that again?  I'm sure that if you use your real name and enough of the keywords you probably end up on the "no-fly" list, I'm sure that's what that 18-month old baby did recently to get denied boarding...probably had some random posts up there about being "sick" of formula or tweeted that she was going to go flying in a "cloud".

Of course the DHS admits that perhaps their list is overkill (will that get me flagged?).  Duh.  Now that the list has been made public it will be interesting to see if it gets revised or even becomes obsolete (nah ga happen, the government never gets rid of shit like this).  How in the world any attorney who works for the government could have thought that this was a good idea is beyond me, but then I remember that David Addington, Scooter Libby and others were government attorneys once and I answer my own question.  

I think we should have a contest in the comments to write sentences that use as many of the keywords as'll make someone's life a misery if there are some harmless creative writing examples with those words in them.  Serves the idiots right.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    jfromga, Bisbonian

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:36:37 PM PDT

  •  You and your sick cloud initiative. (2+ / 0-)
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    jfromga, Bisbonian

    (Oh, good lord, what have I done?)

  •  Words like sick are for epidemeological (0+ / 0-)

    tracking: if there's an outbreak of something, the CDC can check to see if there's something to be concerned about.  Same idea w/ weather.  

    •  So you mean, like, the WHO (0+ / 0-)

      (World Health Organization) (And components) will be hoping to get their first Exposure to information on a Virus Outbreak by searching through our silly postings on the internets?  That's like Law Enforcement (Cops), or maybe the Port Authority at your local Airport hoping to find out about a Suspicious Package/device in an internet post, rather than just looking around for some Anthrax near the gate to the flight to North Korea.

      Or Border guards in El Paso trying to head off Narcotics shipments from the Drug Cartel in Juarez not looking at trucks coming through the checkpoint, but at DK posts for secret clues.  That would never work, because Cops might think DK stands for Dairy King, and they would really be searching for specials on Mudslides.

      Ok, I'm tired now. Next?

      When banjos are outlawed, only outlaws will have banjos.

      by Bisbonian on Tue May 29, 2012 at 02:39:27 PM PDT

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