Your Blog may get you on "the DHS's List"
The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.....This is a currently operational program with more functionality being added. Think about the four year old on the no fly list or the nuns who had their bank account frozen by DHS, and tell me it couldn't happen to you.
But ADVISE and related DHS technologies aim to do much more, according to Joseph Kielman, manager of the TVTA portfolio. The key is not merely to identify terrorists, or sift for key words, but to identify critical patterns in data that illumine their motives and intentions, he wrote in a presentation at a November conference in Richland, Wash.
For example: Is a burst of Internet traffic between a few people the plotting of terrorists, or just bloggers arguing? ADVISE algorithms would try to determine that before flagging the data pattern for a human analyst's review.
This tells me that my attempt to draw some government traffic through the use of "keywords" a couple weeks ago certainly must've worked.
I don't run a counter(your privacy is your own,) but I would be curious to see the government sourced hits I get. Almost every political blog gets some. Think about that.
UPDATE: Leslie ties in the article from yesterday on Topsail, and also digs out a (maybe significant) defensetech reference on ADVISE that points out the cross referencing of this info to Federal and Local law enforcement.