Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don’t want the government spying on you


June 1, 2013

Source: Daily Mail

Dept. of Homeland Security Forced to Release List of Keywords Used to Monitor Social Networking Sites.

  • Department of Homeland Security forced to release list following freedom of information request
  • Agency insists it only looks for evidence of genuine threats to the U.S. and not for signs of general dissent

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The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ‘attack’, ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘dirty bomb’ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ‘pork’, ‘cloud’, ‘team’ and ‘Mexico’.

Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.

The words are included in the department’s 2011 ‘Analyst’s Desktop Binder‘ used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify ‘media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities’.

Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which revealed how analysts monitor social networks and media organisations for comments that ‘reflect adversely’ on the government.

However they insisted the practice was 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.

As well as terrorism, analysts are instructed to search for evidence of unfolding natural disasters, public health threats and serious crimes such as mall/school shootings, major drug busts, illegal immigrant busts.

The list has been posted online by the Electronic Privacy Information Center – a privacy watchdog group who filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act before suing to obtain the release of the documents.

In a letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, the centre described the choice of words as ‘broad, vague and ambiguous’.

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Threat detection: Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats

They point out that it includes ‘vast amounts of First Amendment protected speech that is entirely unrelated to the Department of Homeland Security mission to protect the public against terrorism and disasters.’

A senior Homeland Security official told the Huffington Post that the manual ‘is a starting point, not the endgame’ in maintaining situational awareness of natural and man-made threats and denied that the government was monitoring signs of dissent.

However the agency admitted that the language used was vague and in need of updating.

Spokesman Matthew Chandler told website: ‘To ensure clarity, as part of … routine compliance review, DHS will review the language contained in all materials to clearly and accurately convey the parameters and intention of the program.’

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE: THE LIST OF KEYWORDS IN FULL

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Ansar Al-Islam Leader Mullah Krekar jailed for five years in Norway


Source: BBC

Mullah Krekar, the Kurdish founder of radical Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, has been sentenced to five years in jail in Norway for making death threats against officials and others.

Mullah Krekar, 55, came to Norway as a refugee in 1991.

Krekar, who says he is no longer involved with Ansar al-Islam, said in court he would appeal the ruling.

Ansar al-Islam, which is based in northern Iraq, is regarded by the UN and US as a terrorist organisation.

Mullah Krekar was found guilty of threatening the life of Erna Solberg, an ex-minister who signed his expulsion order in 2003 because he was considered a threat to national security.

He was also found guilty of threatening three other Kurds living in Norway who had burnt pages of the Koran or insulted it in another way.

Mullah Krekar – born Najm Faraj Ahmad – has lived in suburban eastern Oslo with his family since 1991 when he was granted refugee status in Norway.

From this base, he founded Ansar al-Islam, which Washington blames for attacks on coalition forces in Iraq. In 2006, the UN added the cleric to a list of people believed to have links with al-Qaeda.

The Kurdish cleric says he stepped down as leader of Ansar al-Islam in 2002 and denies any links with al-Qaeda.

He remains in Norway despite the deportation order against him because of the security situation in Iraq.

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Säpo stoppade CIA-operation


Source: SvD

Agenter från USA har under falsk täckmantel spanat mot terrorister på svensk mark. Amerikanerna ertappades på bar gärning av Säpo. Sverige protesterade mot underrättelsetjänsten CIA och amerikanerna lämnade hastigt landet. Händelsen har hållits topphemlig.

När Usama bin Laden spårades upp och dödades i Pakistan för av USA för tre veckor sedan så skedde det utan att Pakistan informerades. SvD kan idag avslöja att USA också spanat mot terrorister på svensk mark. Sverige har alltså blivit scen för främmande makts terroristjakt, utan den svenska regeringens vetskap.

Detta ska inte förväxlas med den fasta övervakningsenhet vid USA:s Stockholmsambassad som blev känd i höstas, eller med läckta diplomatrapporter från Wikileaks.

Vad SvD idag kan presentera är istället hittills helt okända uppgifter om olovlig amerikansk underrättelseverksamhet som bedrivits i Sverige. Den uppdagades av svensk säkerhetspolis för två år sedan, första halvåret 2009.

Men både själva händelsen och efterspelet till den har hållits strängt hemlig sedan dess.

Det var när Säkerhetspolisen bedrev en egen spaningsoperation mot misstänkta terroristkretsar i Sverige som det hela inträffade. Plötsligt upptäckte Säpo att det förutom svensk säkerhetspolis och de misstänkta också fanns en tredje aktör på plats. I området opererade också andra, okända, personer som även de intresserade sig för de misstänkta terroristerna.

Säpo kunde avslöja att det var två amerikaner. När Säpo kontrollerade vilka dessa var visade det sig att de var amerikanska agenter. Därmed hade USA brutit mot flera regler i umgänget mellan Sverige och USA.

• De två amerikanerna hade inte deklarerats för svenska myndigheter. Kutym är att underrättelsepersonal från vänligt sinnade samarbetsländer, dit USA räknas, deklareras för Säpo.

• Från amerikansk sida hade man inte anmält att denna spaningsverksamhet pågick.

• Inte heller hade USA berättat att det fanns amerikanskt intresse för de misstänkta terrorkretsarna. Då hade ett samarbete med Säpo kunnat ske. Att Säpo spanar på terrorister i samarbete med andra länder har nämligen skett tidigare.

Här rörde det sig istället om amerikaner som arbetade under falsk täckmantel, under cover, i Sverige.

Säpos amerikanska samarbetspartner är underrättelsetjänsten Central Intelligence Agency, CIA. I Sverige, liksom i flera andra länder, har CIA en stationschef. Denne är officiellt ackrediterad i sin täckbefattning som diplomat vid USA:s Stockholmsambassad. Men stationschefen rätta verksamhet är känd för svenska myndigheter som kallade honom ”Charlie”.

Därför blev det den dåvarande stationschefen för CIA, ”Charlie”, som fick ta emot en kraftig svensk reaktion.

Den som framförde protesten mot USA var generaldirektör Anders Danielsson, chef för Säpo. Enligt SvD:s källor var signalen tydlig: ”Vi har detta. Vi vill inte se er här igen!”.

– Säkerhetspolisen satte med eftertryck stopp för den amerikanska operationen, säger en av SvD:s källor med insyn i polisens arbete.

För Säpo är hela historien en känslig affär som myndigheten varken bekräftar eller förnekar:

– Vi kommenterar aldrig pågående, historiska, planerade eller påstådda operationer, säger Säpos chef generaldirektör Anders Danielsson till SvD.

Att svenska Säpo samarbetar med både amerikanska polisen, FBI, och underrättelsetjänsten CIA, är känt sedan tidigare. Men att en vänligt sinnad tjänst som Säpo samarbetar ertappas i olovliga ärenden är mycket känsligt.

SvD:s uppgifter stöds av flera källor med insyn i Säpos verksamhet. De två ertappade amerikanska agenterna lämnade snabbt Sverige.

Inte heller CIA:s stationschef ”Charlie” finns kvar i Sverige. Hans tjänstgöringstid här gick mot sitt slut vid den här tiden. När ”Charlie” lämnade sin post fick han en efterträdare som enligt SvD:s källor har en helt annan och mer sofistikerad framtoning. Därmed anses affären på svensk sida utagerad.

Tidigare har olovlig underrättelseverksamhet eller flyktingspionage i Sverige förknippats med auktoritära regimer som länder som Ryssland, Irak under Saddam Hussein, Iran och Syrien.

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They killed Osama Bin Laden


Today U.S Navy Seal Team six killed Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden

By: Robert W. Johnson The military team that killed Osama Bin Laden is an elite special forces group unofficially called Seal Team 6. Officially, the team’s name is classified and not available to the public, technically there is no team 6. A Tier-One counter-terrorism force similar to the Army’s elusive Delta group, Team 6’s mission rarely make it to paper much less the newspaper. It shows how important the publicity about Bin Laden’s killing is to the U.S. that this morning, Team 6 is front pages news. The members of Team 6 are all “black” operatives. They exist outside military protocol, engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification and often outside the boundaries of international law. To maintain plausible deniability in case they are caught, records of black operations are rarely, if ever, kept. The development of SEAL Team 6 was in direct response to the 1980 attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran. The mission was a terrific failure that fell apart at many points and illustrated the need for a dedicated counter-terrorist team capable of operating with the utmost secrecy. The Team was labeled 6 at the time to confuse Soviet intelligence about the number of SEAL teams in operation at the time. There were only two others. Team 6 poached the top operatives from other SEAL units and trained them even more intensely from there. Even among proven SEAL’s the attrition rate for Team 6 is reported to be nearly half. There are no names available for current Team 6 members, but the CIA does recruit heavily from their numbers for their Special Operations Group, so it makes sense that they were chosen to work with the CIA on this mission. Team 6 is normally devoted to missions with maritime authority: ship rescues, oil rigs, naval bases or land bases accessible by water. There are no waterways near Bin Laden’s compound. When a former Navy SEAL was called for a comment about this article all he could say was: “You know I’d love to help you man, but I can’t say a word about Team 6. There is no Team 6.” Click here to see photos of people celebrating Bin Laden’s death > Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-team-that-killed-bin-laden-seal-team-6-2011-5#ixzz1LEfGRIA5 Published by: ABP World Group International Child Recovery Services Follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook

Israel: Al Qaeda Eyeing Balkans for Bases


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Says Balkans “Next Destination” for Jihad Network

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says al Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups are trying to set up bases in the Balkans.

Lieberman said he shared his assessment and intelligence information with Macedonia’s prime minister during a meeting in Jerusalem Tuesday.

In a statement, Lieberman said that current information shows the Balkan region is “the next destination” for the global jihad network to set up operations.

He cited a money trail from Muslim charities to the Balkans as evidence without elaborating.

Lieberman said the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group has infiltrated South America, and that al Qaeda is well established in Africa.

He urged the Macedonian leader not to allow militants to take root in the Balkans.

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