White supremacy references not included in DHS keyword searches

On the January 30, 2013 broadcast of the <em>Colbert Report</em>, Stephen Colbert discusses the increase in recruitment activity by the Ku Klux Klan (source: Comedy Central).

On the January 30, 2013 broadcast of the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert discusses the increase in recruitment activity by the Ku Klux Klan. View the video here.

A recent article in Forbes Magazine reports on the keywords that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) monitors on social networking sites:

…the DHS has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor various social networking sites. The list provides a glimpse into what DHS describes as “signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.”

Among the words that were listed, there is a notable absence of any terminology related to white supremacy or “white power” groups such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

The apparent lack of attention by the DHS towards such domestic “signs of terrorists” is disconcerting — particularly in light of the massacre of six Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, at the hands of a white supremacist — but it is consistent with Daryl Johnson’s testimony during last September’s Senate hearing on domestic extremism. Our law enforcement agencies are not devoting needed resources to tackling the crimes perpetrated by domestic hate groups.

What makes such an omission by the DHS even more glaring is that while the threat posed by the white supremacy movement is left largely unspoken by law enforcement and media, extremist groups such as the KKK are openly continuing their recruitment efforts.


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