NSA keywords become fodder for automated haiku

NSA surveillance keywords are transformed into odd poetry with the NSA Haiku Generator.

NSA keyword haiku
Now that's some poetic justice right there. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The National Security Agency's domestic spying efforts have been all over the news for months. Because it can't listen in to absolutely everybody's electronic missives, the NSA allegedly uses a database of keywords to trigger surveillance. It just so happens that those words make for some interesting poetry.

The NSA Haiku Generator is a Web site that spits out automated poems in the classic 5-7-5 syllable format. It feeds off NSA keywords and pulls from a Department of Homeland Security keyword list.

I didn't think I could possibly top my first automated haiku:

ISS S/Key
Sneakers strain sardine veggie
Phreaking ninja WINGS
Phreaking ninja wings? Awesome! After a good laugh, the absurdity of it all starts to set in. I could be triggering NSA surveillance by posting on Facebook about phreaking ninja wings, when all I'm referring to are some hot wings with a sneaky pepper kick to them.

There are some other interesting words that pop up in the generator, including Tie-fighter for all you "Star Wars" fans, and Twister for all you fans of uncomfortable body-distortion games. Another effort nets me this gem:

Mega consul zone
Plutonium freedom fraud
Chemical sex beef

The poetry generator is plenty amusing, but creator Grayson Earle has some serious motives behind the work. "Even though this project is funny (lol), our own gov't spying on all of us is not," he writes. He encourages users to share their haikus to help saturate the Internet with key search terms.

To sum this up, I offer a haiku of my own:

NSA haiku
Generator sheds light on
Keyword craziness

(Via PSFK)

 

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