Words Monitored by DHS

Ah yes, Big Sis and the DHS is at it again, turning the United States of America into a more police state. Jawohl! The following is from the DHS and their “binder.” Wonder if I will get DHS knocking on my door anytime soon.

In the latest revelation of how the federal government is monitoring social media and online news outlets, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has posted online a 2011 Department of Homeland Security manual that includes hundreds of key words (such as those above) and search terms used to detect possible terrorism, unfolding natural disasters and public health threats. The center, a privacy watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request and then sued to obtain the release of the documents.

The 39-page “Analyst’s Desktop Binder” used by the department’s National Operations Center includes no-brainer words like “”attack,” “epidemic” and “Al Qaeda” (with various spellings). But the list also includes words that can be interpreted as either menacing or innocent depending on the context, such as “exercise,” “drill,” “wave,” “initiative,” “relief” and “organization.”

Assassination Attack Domestic security Drill Exercise Cops Law enforcement Authorities Disaster assistance Disaster management DNDO (Domestic NuclearDetection 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 Hazmat Nuclear Chemical spill Suspicious package/deviceToxic 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 Health Concern + H1N1 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 HealthToxic Agro Terror Tuberculosis (TB) Agriculture Listeria Symptoms Mutation Resistant Antiviral Wave Pandemic Infection Water/air borne Sick Swine Pork Strain Quarantine H1N1 VaccineTamiflu Norvo Virus Epidemic World Health Organization (WHO) (and components)Viral Hemorrhagic Fever E. Coli Infrastructure Security Infrastructure security Airport Airplane (and derivatives) Chemical fire CIKR (Critical Infrastructure& Key Resources) AMTRAK Collapse Computer infrastructure Communications infrastructure Telecommunications Critical infrastructure National infrastructure Metro WMATA Subway BART MARTA Port Authority NBIC (NationalBiosurveillance IntegrationCenter) Transportation security Grid Power Smart Body scanner Electric Failure or outage Black out Brown out Port Dock Bridge Cancelled Delays Service disruption Power lines
Southwest Border Violence 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 (Spanishequivalents) 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 Terrorism Al Qaeda (all spellings) Terror Attack Iraq Afghanistan Iran Pakistan Agro Environmental terrorist Eco terrorism Conventional weaponTarget Weapons grade Dirty bomb Enriched Nuclear Chemical weapon Biological weapon Ammonium nitrate Improvised explosive device IED (Improvised ExplosiveDevice) Abu Sayyaf Hamas FARC (Armed RevolutionaryForces 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-TalibanPakistan) Yemen Pirates Extremism Somalia Nigeria Radicals Al-Shabaab Home grown Plot Nationalist Recruitment Fundamentalism Islamist Weather/ Disaster/ Emergency Emergency urricane Tornado Twister Tsunami EarthquakeTremor 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 Cyber security Botnet DDOS (dedicated denial of service)Denial of service Malware Virus Trojan Keylogger Cyber Command 2600 Spammer Phishing Rootkit PhreakingCain and abelBrute forcing Mysql injection Cyber attack Cyber terror Hacker China Conficker Worm Scammers Social media


*queue Peaches & Herb’s song, Reunited from 1979*

I am sure I will catch flak from my sister regarding this news piece since I am not a real avid fan of the social networking sites, like Facebook or My Space. I am more of running and maintaining my own personal site, with my own domain name. Now granted I have had quite a bit of help over the years from individuals, but the content is solely mine.

With that declaimer out of the way, I have been rather impressed with Facebook (yeah Steph, you told me so…) so far. Just last week I was reacquainted with a college buddy, Kyle who I went to BYU with for 2 years. It was rather exciting to get a response back from the message I sent to him on Facebook to find out it was the same individual I was in college with from 1987-1989.

There have been some other individuals, outside of my sister and Kyle I have found, such as former co-workers at United Airlines, some alumni from Poway High School where I graduated in 1987. Of course missing the 20th year high school reunion was tough, as I wanted to see many of my friends from years gone by. Who knows maybe I will find a few long lost friends through Facebook.

So, with that said, I guess I must give Heather her props for prodding me to get active and get on Facebook. While I only have about 17 friends I am sure there will be more as I post a few more images of my son and whatever else is special in my life. But I won’t make it my primary site for general information. I will always have T6F.

Social Networking

I have not been interested in some of the “social networking” sites on the Internet, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or even YouTube. This opinion has been formed after spending nearly 15 years being involved in online gaming, sharing many different aspects of my life with others. Many of these individuals I had never met, but through gaming formed an online relationship with because of our gaming interests. I became so involved with gaming, I became a involved with a development team who developed an online game beginning in 1999.

Since my retirement I have disassociated myself with anything online game related. I got tired of being in the spotlight and dealing with the demands and stress created by these online relationships. I continue to share my thoughts and interests on this site, but have never taken any interest in sharing my thoughts with friends whom I have known through school or work over the years.

Recently a friend I play soccer with sent me an e-mail invite from Facebook. I had heard of the site, but never signed up or added a profile. My sister and wife both had MySpace accounts, again I never visited, but did sign up so I could see some of my sister’s information. Since 1995 I have maintained my little piece of cyberspace here, on The 6th Floor, which was created out of my online alias, which was “Oswald” (yes, the patsy in the JFK assassination). The site has seen many changes, once mainly game related, the site has shifted interests to other personal interests such as amateur radio, 68 Cougar and other random news I provide.

Earlier this week I did create a Facebook profile. Since signing up I have added a few friends including some I play soccer with, as well as coworkers from jobs past and high school buddies. My sister told me, “don’t hate social networking…you haven’t even given it a chance.” I have, it was the years I spent being a figurehead in a gaming community we created. Yet I am willing to give social networking a chance. Hell, my sister even told my my mother has a Facebook page!

While I would much rather direct friends of mine to this site, I am going to start some level of participation on Facebook. Hopefully my friends will decide to read more of my dribble here on T6F. I am also looking at incorporating Twitter into the next version of The 6th Floor. We will see how that goes.