Science, Technology, and Social Media

Key Words to Attract Big Brother

When I was sick with the Swine Flu (a resistant air borne mutation), while near the Yuma border, I heard the crash of an airplane. I thought the suspicious toxic chemical cloud was the work of  Mexican cartel gangs. But instead of an attack and evacuation it was national preparedness, disaster planning by Homeland Security and SWAT. The contamination and lockdown were an exercise on Southwest domestic security.

Also, I do not have tuberculosis.

What does the above prattling mean? Nothing, of course. Unless you work for the Department of Homeland Security and are looking for key words that might reflect suspicious activity.

Your government, and mine, is always watching and with the advent of social media as a means of communications they can monitor via computer programs every word we write and send through the internet.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request the Daily Mail received a list of  keywords and phrases used by Homeland Security to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

homeland watch list

DES insists the practice is aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.  In addition to terrorism, they are also watchful for signs of natural disasters.

For a complete list of ‘watch words’ or to read the whole article click here: Daily News.

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Teresa Wendt

A stay at home mom who runs a household, manages the finances, cares for a young adult autistic son, and cooks from scratch. Traveling from Arizona to Alaska summer of 2013. Visit my blog at and follow along.

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