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    chatter

    "Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, told The Canadian Press that there has been "chatter out there" since the assassination of the Hezbollah leader, but authorities have said there is nothing to lead them to believe there is any veracity to it.
    "Our belief is that our federal authorities have things in hand," Farber said. "They've known about this alleged threat for a while, they've investigated it, and they've told me categorically that while the chatter is out there, and it has been for a while, there is nothing to lead them to believe that there's anything imminent or that in fact the chatter is real.""



    Please, does "chatter" mean the same as "gossip" in this text?
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    Re: chatter

    I believe I've heard the word "chatter" used to describe the type of information that comes from surveillance or monitoring the conversations of people who are likely to know about or be invovled in terrorist or other criminal acts.

    Ah - here's some content on it from Slate: What kind of intel counts as chatter? When intelligence agencies monitor chatter, they examine not the content of communications intercepts, but the volume.

    You may want to see this too: What does "chatter" mean when referring to matters of intelligence?

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    Re: chatter

    Hi jctgf,

    There are a few exerpts from Answer.com which should help you to understand the matter in question.

    chatter = to talk volubly, persistently, and usually inconsequentially
    chatter(n) = communication, such as e-mail and cell phone calls, between people who are involved in terrorism or espionage, as monitored by a government agency.
    gossip(v) = to engage in or spread gossip
    gossip(n) = rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature

    Regards.

    V.

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