Author Topic: Snowden Revelation: NSA Spied On Five Politically Active American Citizens ("moderate" Muslims), The Intercept Reports  (Read 281 times)

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Story posted at HuffPost, with links to original report at Intercept (click on this link for full story):
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WASHINGTON -- Glenn Greenwald is naming names.

The National Security Agency spied on five American citizens despite a lack of any finding that they posed a threat to national security, The Intercept, an investigative outlet co-founded by Greenwald, is reporting Wednesday.

All five are moderate American citizens who appear to have been targeted for surveillance because of their political activity. The NSA told The Intercept that the surveillance was not "based solely" on speech.

"No U.S. person can be the subject of FISA surveillance based solely on First Amendment activities, such as staging public rallies, organizing campaigns, writing critical essays, or expressing personal beliefs," the statement read.

The revelation of the names of those spied on has been hotly anticipated since Greenwald teased it in May. The names were included in documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Greenwald obtained the consent of all five before publishing their names, he told HuffPost. Among those is Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country, is widely regarded as moderate.

"I have long viewed this as one of the most important stories in the Snowden archive because it puts a face on the NSA's surveillance overreach and illustrates, yet again - that domestic spying abuses usually target minorities, marginalized groups, and dissidents," Greenwald told HuffPost.

Another of the Americans targeted for surveillance was Faisal Gill, a longtime Republican Party operative and one-time candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. He previously held a top-secret security clearance and served in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. He was targeted in the mid-2000s by conservatives who accused him of falsifying records to obtain his security clearance. He was cleared by the Department of Homeland Security.  ...
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What was that about CAIR being moderate?
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CAIR Promotes Justification of Palestinian Terror
Organization scrambled to delete the tweet soon afterwards
7.9.2014
Daniel Mael
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Council on American Islamic Relations Twitter account featured an article from the anti-Israel blog Electronic Intifada that justifies Palestinian terror towards Israel. Minutes later, the group deleted the tweet but it was first captured and retweeted ...

The picture, a spoof of an ADL ad warning of Palestinian terror against Israel, reads: Imagine you've been stateless for 66 years, living under military occupation for the last 47 years, and under a devastating trade embargo for the last 8. Imagine that anyone around you could be arbitrarily executed without due process by the occupying army. Imagine you had absolutely no legal recourse for addressing your predicament. No people would tolerate such conditions forever, and neither will Palestinians.

THAT'S WHY PALESTINIANS FIGHT BACK

The article also derides Israel and the counter-terrorism initiatives of the Israeli government as "the latest act in a storied history of shameful behavior."

Earlier this week, CAIR leader Nihad Awad promoted anti-Semitism in an Arabic tweet.
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CAIR is the only legitimate target of the lot.

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When I saw this headline, my immediate thought was, "well, at least they're doing SOMETHING right...."


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