Via EPIC FOIA release, Analysts Desktop Binder 2011 Redacted, Department of Homeland Security National Operations Center Media Monitoring Capability, Desktop Reference Binder.
“MMC [media monitoring capability] coverage focuses primarily on providing information on incidents of national significance, which are usually defined as catastrophic events that result in wide-scale damage or disruption to the nations critical infrastructure, key assets, or the Nations health; and require a coordinated and effective response by Federal, State, and Local entities. For the most part, coverage of international incidents is limited to that of terrorist activities and infectious diseases that impact a wide population of humans or animal stock, such as mad cow disease or H5N1, and catastrophic weather events around the globe (Category 5 Hurricanes, Tsunami, and Large Magnitude Earthquakes). An Item of Interest (IOI) is generated whenever an MMC search or alert produces information about an emergent incident that should be brought to the attention of the NOC [National Operations Center].”
Related – UK Mail Online – “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.”
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