The Department of Homeland Security is carefully watching the internet. They search through publications like this one (actually, specifically this one: we've been on the DHS watch-list for awhile), as well as all of our public social media lives, for possible "Items of Interest," which they find by searching for a whole bunch of sometimes-ridiculous keywords. (Animal New York rounded up a bunch of them.) It got us wondering: We write about a lot of security and military stuff here at PopSci. What's the DHS reading on our site?
We filtered out our traffic to hits originating from DHS.gov, and found that, yes, the Department of Homeland Security reads PopSci. (Hi!) They're not supplying huge traffic--barely over 50,000 hits in total--but it's definitely enough to monitor, and we can see pretty clear spikes and valleys coming from them. The biggest spike was on July 11th, 2011, though the DHS doesn't seem to have been looking for anything in particular that day. And there was a significant drop-off in terrorism monitoring right before Labor Day, which we attribute to ideal golf conditions. Anyway, here are five of their most read articles.
Published: May 19, 2011
DHS Hits: 762
The Department of Homeland Security is particularly touchy about discussion of disasters, natural or otherwise, as well as emergency assistance and preparedness. If we had included dangerous keywords like "Human to ANIMAL" or "AMTRAK" in this story, we wouldn't be here writing this. We'd be in a prison in a country you've never even heard of.
Published: February 15, 2011
DHS Hits: 431
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to deploy military toys to young children, including (water) guns, a tactical seafaring warship simulator (a new version of Battleship), an introduction to mind control, and a miniature autonomous tank.
Published: January 27, 2011
DHS Hits: 363
The Department of Homeland Security does not appreciate our taking license with the phrase "waging war." They wage war. We write about snow-pooping robots.
Published: February 24, 2011
DHS Hits: 273
The Department of Homeland Security is relieved to find that we are not aware of any of their in-house zombie projects.
Published: April 27, 2011
DHS Hits: 272
The Department of Homeland Security is casually interested in PopSci's time machine.
The FBI, CIA, NSA, and Other Services
A search other governmental agencies turns up...mostly nothing. We did find out that the CIA searched more than 200 times to find an image of Khloe Kardashian, which we don't seem to have ever published (?), and that the FBI is probably hungry because their favorite PopSci articles are all about modernist cuisine. The NSA likes toys, and the DEA seems to not be interested in us at all, which, um, yes, good, nothing to see here.
what? where are all the popsci conspiracy theory trolls or rather just.... trolls?
curiously quiet... just wait for it.
For all we know it is simply employees of those agencies who like to read certain sites. Maybe DHS employees simply have more time on their hands than other agencies or have more employees who like PopSci than other agencies? I would think it hard to descipher between something an agency is tracking and something an employee of that agency is reading on break or lunch.
Stuff like this makes me so happy I'm Canadian :)
DHS is watching huh? Neat! WATCH THIS!
This government has become bloated, greedy, secretive, and counterproductive to humanity, much less the American citizen.
The time for revolution has once again come. We as the American people need to stand up once again to take our freedom back from the greedy corrupted politicians that have been slowly eroding it for personal gain for 5 generations.
It is time for the 1% elite of this country to fall to their knees and beg our forgiveness for stealing our money, forcing us into jobs and lives we don't want, and for doing their best to kill the human spirit.
It is time for us to march on Washington D.C. It is time for WASHINGTON\ROME TO FALL.
Bombs bomb bombs kill everyone, where to buy nitrogen fertilizer and fuel oil, black market, Osama is Obama, hail Hitler, Jews, what is the fastest routE to the white house with a large truck?, Obama is a Muslim, guns for everyone, killing babies is a crime, where can I buy gas then go to an abortion clinic? How much nitrogen do I put in the bomb?
ya I think I got there attention.....HEY YOU STOP INTRUDING ON MY LIFE!!! AND TELL YOUR BOSS IN THE BIG WHITE HOUSE TO ACTUALLY WORK, NO ONE TAKES THAT MANY VACATIONS!!!!!
moderators let it go, this is a test
LOL . . .This is the lamest attempt by the DHS at quashing freedom of expression.
BIG BROTHER WANTS YOU TO BE SCARED, VERY SCARED.
The Canadian is laughing at us.
Sure, just don't let your daughter draw a picture of a gun a school:)
You are paranoid PS like some of the kooks here.
They were just on their breaks reading the articles and enjoying them. Can't hunt bad guys 24/7.
@brolin don't get too happy or we'll bring democracy to you!
this is crazy, either they have too much time or the government is in fact paranoid out of it's balls.
to mars or bust!
hey caleb you spelled something wrong, it's heil hitler not hail. and that's going a bit too far don't you think? more than 70 years is still not enough for that bastard.
to mars or bust!
marcoreid and jefro are spot on.
There are plenty of Gov. employees who read this site for personal reasons. I suppose some of the hits could be surveillance, but would guess the majority of them are from personal browsing.
Probably see as many his from every other agency. DoD, Army, EPA, so on. Clearly the EPA is monitoring Popsci, on account of all the articles about green tech. Conspiracy, Rabble Rabble rabble....
Do the math, these numbers are wholly uninteresting.
DHS has about 200,000 employees (from wiki - take 'em or leave 'em). Popsci's chart looks like they average about 200 hits a day in 2011 (from their chart above).
Is it really at all interesting that out of 200,000 employees, about 200 of them (0.1%) check Popsci every day? Really, it is probably even fewer, assuming each person clicks more than one article to read.
Don't flatter yourself, Popsci (and us users).
'Damn Gumment invadin my prevcy...Cletus grab yer gun, we are declarn ourslves an indypendent nation under God!'
It is a publically available website, and as imbronco pointed out, it's less that 0.1% of the employees - hell, 100% of the employees of my company log on at least once a day, usually more. I am at work now...I hope popsci don't do statistics on my company!
Bearing in mind the second most common page was about TOYS, I doubt many of these impressions were work related but even if they were logging on for professional reasons, how is that invading your privacy???? It is a publically available website. The only information about you is what YOU choose to post in this PUBLICALLY AVAILABLE website.
Did I mention that this is a publically available website?
Everyone in the USA with a social security number is being watched, filed and managed and all they communicate with too and how far this reaches is way beyond anyone's imagination. For anyone to comment here on this subject does bring the great eye attention.
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
Yours being the first comment, how should I interpret the meaning of your words?
I guess you are completely comfortable with the government spying on you and you feel any person that objects to being spied on is a troll.
The fact you live in Japan and are a USA citizen, who communicates back and forth from JAPAN, USA and anywhere else in the world, puts the great and powerful spying EYE on you. It is a known fact that 100% of communications leaving USA is monitored. Just remember, your life will be subject to interpretation from a source you will never see or know and any bad things that result could very much be out of your control or knowledge.
inaka_rob, you have commented much all over the internet for years and your pictures out there too. This is easy and obvious information. The governement can and will always look deeper.
I hope you are doing well in Japan and continue to teach English! Why don’t you get off you but and marry that Japanese girlfriend of yours!
See life in all its beautiful colors, and
from different perspectives too!
bombs, osama, western civilization. western interests, free syria libya yemen & chechenya. Israel
lets see the spikes now
LOL at all the people wanting revolution! You gonna lead the charge against capital hill? I bet if a revolution were to take place all the big talkers in here would sit quietly at home.
BTW, I'm on my lunch break ;)
D.O.H is made for the American people not terrorists. Terrorists don’t troll popsci. It’s all a psy-op, to see how Americans react to the programming. I’m glad I’m Canadian, America is being run by a bunch of fascist pigs.
I for one welcome our new androgenous overlords Big Sis. AND her angry acolytes that pepper the comment area with insults for anyone who questions the government propriety to, well to do almost anything. All hail science, or erm something, whatever this is.
As to revolution, we have a government with a strong base. The constitution is an amazingly simple and well thought out document. With the peoples backing it has held off the non stop attack to destroy us, from within and without, and after us the entire west for two hundred years. (And Japan too Inaka Rob). We are the lynchpin, don't forget that, the responsibility of the world is yours like it or not.
There are some who want to push people into a revolution, social class warfare, resentment against any groups from black, white, jew, 1%, doesn't matter what you use. You need to make people miserable enough that you poke and prod them into rising up against whoever you pointed at. Drugs, alcohol, sex anything that degrades us can be used to quicken this and for good effect.
Then you can take control in the chaos and make a much much worse thing. Its happened often france soviet union china germany cambodia..., don't allow yourself to be tricked. Always the same it begins and ends by whispering in peoples ear, let them eat cake, get your money out of the banks now or you won't get yours, the 1% are taking from you, the greedy jews are at fault... Social movements are the key to tricking people into destroying everything they have for an empty promise that was never meant to be fulfilled. Once power is gotten your not going to get them out easily.
Don't allow them to prod you like an animal into a rage. Or to conversely to accept all that they do. Neither is good and neither will end better. In the 60's they said days of rage, rage this, rage that. The reason is the same, when someone is angry their not rational and they can be prodded into something they wouldn't do otherwise. Note the use of drugs and sex as a social movement then, was very useful in the 60's and the weimar republic as a means of social change. Naziism not a change for the better.
Fix what's broken. Don't let them prod you into destroying the closest thing to free humanity has ever been. Keep your wits about you, we're all going to need to now more than ever I think. Its interesting times, not something I want but something we have, you can see the pieces being moved world wide, arab spring to muslim brotherhood, pushing putin with social movement, china scared, iran allowed to build bomb, social movement against israel, unlimited immigration in europe fanning the flames, telling some you can't defend yourself or your racist, pushed down until explodes up. Piece after piece being placed.
Cool ... I wonder if I can get a 6-figure job with the government for just surfing the web? Since I'm retired now, I have plenty of time to sit on my butt and surf ... might as well get paid to supplement my social security ... Right?
Grandpa from Florida :)
Looking at the graph in this article, government recourses in August and up to Sep 11 were pulled off POPSCI and put somewhere else.
A second low was during the December to January holidays.
When the government watches us, they see patterns. When the government publishes their results, we and the bad guys can see patterns of them, too.
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
I'm glad all of you that read this page have the insight into how corrupt and greedy the government/business system in the states is.
I really like anonymous for revealing the system for what it really is. But the conundrum is how to drastically fix the system against the 1% with all their increasing power.
@Ghost, I'm not too happy. Cause whatever happens in the US has either direct or indirect influence on us up north. And if it gets real bad down there just come visit your friendly Canadian neighbour. We're almost getting cannabis legalized ;) we just gotta get this "harping" ignorant retard out of our government.
<And for those of you who think that cannabis is a bad drug, i respect your opinion but just watch "The Union" on netflix then you won't have a biased ignorant opinion.>