Here’s One For The Clippings Folder

The Homeland Security Department certainly take their work seriously, but they come up with some strange (and occasionally sinister methodologies). Point in case, a new software package being developed to monitor foreign perceptions of the US by analysing newspaper and magazine articles. It’s hard to tell what the true deployment purpose of the program would be (being as it’s only in the very early development stages so far), but it would seem to be a rather roundabout and paranoid response to the problem of terrorism – how many terrorists write op-ed pieces, after all?