Comments: "Hazmat, Plume, Powder, Plague, Etc...." Uncle Sam Admits Monitoring You For These 377 Words
In what possible way is it good for us to advertise what words to use if you want to avoid notice by the DHS?
Posted by Christopher Taylor at May 31, 2012 3:59 PM
Suckas! You gotta know this is a completely bogus list. When the DHS guys got this FOI request, after they finished ROFL, they spent several hours spending your money to come up with a plausible list, probably using darts, then they passed it around with suspense dates to all the offices of the deputy assistant undersecretaries and their GS-18 and SES minders, who all laughed some more as they added and subtracted several other words.
And for a final check, they passed it to the real guys, who made sure it didn't inadvertently disclose their real priorities.
It's standard spycraft. We, the American people, are the known adversary, who is fed seemingly valuable but actually worthless data.
Posted by John A. Fleming at May 31, 2012 4:54 PM
The US is fucked. A nation of lickspittle forlock tugging serfs.
The great Jim Bovard looks at the Origins of the American Stasi.
"A ripple of protest swept across the Internet in late March after the disclosure that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was teaching its agents that “the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.” This maxim was inculcated as part of FBI counterterrorism training. The exposure of the training material—sparked by a series of articles by Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman—spurred the ritual declaration by an FBI spokesman that “mistakes were made, and we are correcting those mistakes.” No FBI officials were sanctioned or fired for teaching lawmen that they were above the law.
At least the FBI has been consistent. Since its founding in 1908, the bureau has rarely let either the statute book or the Constitution impede its public service. Tim Weiner, the author of a superb exposé of the CIA (Legacy of Ashes) has delivered a riveting chronology of some of the FBI’s biggest crimes with his new book, Enemies: A History of the FBI.
The FBI was born in deceit. Congress had prohibited Theodore Roosevelt’s administration from creating a separate agency of federal investigators for fear that the new hirees would trample the Constitution. Rep. George Waldo, a New York Republican, warned that it would be a “great blow to freedom if there should arise in this country any such great central secret service bureau as there is in Russia.” But Attorney General Charles Bonaparte—a direct descendent of the French dictator—created the bureau by his own edict, shuffling funds from the Justice Department’s expense account to bankroll the new operation.
The bureau was small potatoes until Woodrow Wilson dragged the U.S. into World War I. With one fell swoop, the number of dangerous Americans increased by perhaps twentyfold."
Posted by Bill Jones at May 31, 2012 5:24 PM
This list is bullshit because 'American' is missing.
Posted by dr kill at May 31, 2012 6:45 PM
I wonder about "weenie butt", and "pooper head". Are they safe? What about "flapdoodle, piss-willie, and doofus"? Is "ass-ears" cause for investigation?
Posted by jwm at May 31, 2012 9:40 PM
The sad thing for this country is that federal bureaucrats think they can get by with handing out this sort of BS as true.
Posted by St. Thor at June 2, 2012 7:05 AM