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DHS Releases Its Twitter Watchword List

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The Department of Homeland Security has released a list of keywords and phrases it follows when monitoring social networking sites and online media, Daniel Miller reports for the Daily Mail.

DHS analysts use the list as a reference when searching online for terrorist and related threats against the U.S.

It contains eight categories: Domestic Security, HAZMAT & Nuclear, Health Concern and H1N1, Infrastructure Security, Southwest Border Violence, Terrorism, Weather/Disaster/Emergency and Cybersecurity.

Each category has a set of related key words and the words are found in DHS’ 2011 “Analyst’s Desktop Binder” used at the National Operations Center, Miller reported.

DHS officials unwillingly published the list after a hearing at a House subcommittee regarding a freedom of information request, according to DailyMail.

Officials explained that they do not intend to police the internet but rather to become aware of any possible threats.

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