NSA Spying on Law-Abiding American Citizens

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 9th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The U.S. government's spying on its own citizens has reached epic proportions, as journalist Glenn Greenwald reported today. It has targeted prominent, law-abiding Muslim-Americans in an Orwellian over-reach that should concern us all.

None of this would be known except for Edward Snowden's heroics

Edward Snowden, far from being the terrorist he is accused of being by the likes of John Kerry, Dianne Feinstein and Hillary Clinton, is a genuine hero for his role in making public the shenanigans of the National Security Agency.

It now comes to light, in reporting by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain in The Intercept, that the NSA has spied on American citizens who have absolutely no ties to any terrorist or criminal groups. Why, then, has the agency spied on these individuals - civil rights leaders, attorneys, a political candidate, a political activist, and others? The answer seems to be that they are all Muslims. These gentlemen were targeted for ongoing, sustained surveillance, even though not one of them has a criminal record of any kind.

Even Republicans are not immune from the NSA's spying

Faisal Gill, one of the gentlemen spied on, is a long-time Republican Party activist and one-time candidate for political office who worked for the Homeland Security Department under George W. Bush. During that tenure he held a top-secret security clearance.

Gill reacted to the news that he was targeted by the NSA by saying "I was a very conservative, Reagan-loving Republican. If somebody like me can be surveilled, then there are other people out there I can only imagine who are under surveillance...I went to school here as a fourth grader - learned about the Revolutionary War, learned about individual rights, Thomas Jefferson, all these things," he told The Intercept. "That is ingrained in you - your privacy is important. And to have that basically invaded for no reason whatsoever - for the fact that I didn't do anything - I think that's troubling..."

Others targeted speak out

Nihad Awad is the executive director of the largest Muslim-American civil rights group in America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is to Muslim-Americans what the NAACP is to African-Americans. It is a quintessentially mainstream civil rights group. Nevertheless, Awad was targeted by the NSA. He reacted by saying "I'm outraged as an American citizen that my government, after decades of civil rights struggle, still spies on political activists and civil rights activists and leaders. I'm really angry that despite all the work that we have been doing in our communities to serve the nation, we are treated with suspicion."

And Awad had a warning to his fellow American citizens: "I think all Americans should be worried about NSA surveillance and the targeting of American Muslims. Because if it is American Muslims today, it is going to be them next."

Greenwald and Hussain fault Congress

In their reporting for The Intercept, Greenwald and Hussain write "...the government's ability to monitor such high-profile Muslim-Americans - with or without warrants - suggests that the most alarming and invasive aspects of the NSA's surveillance occur not because the agency breaks the law, but because it is able to exploit the law's permissive contours. 'The scandal is what Congress has made legal,' says Jameel Jaffer, an ACLU deputy legal director. 'The claim that the intelligence agencies are complying with the laws is just a distraction from more urgent questions relating to the breadth of the laws themselves.'"

Snowden's purpose

Edward Snowden has said that the importance in making this specific document public lies in the fact that now specific individuals who have been targeted for being spied on by the NSA will be able to prove standing before the courts, which to date no one else has been able to do. These documents, and this reporting, will change the dynamic and hopefully result in the reining in of the NSA.

Hopefully.

Link: Your Face is On File at the NSA

Under surveillance photo from The Intercept
All others from wikimedia commons

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Government Lawbreaking, Intelligence, National Security Agency, Nsa, Spying, Steve Kinsman, Surveillance, Surveillnce State

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar M G Singh
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Nice post Steve, but I feel this is inevitable as many Americans are supporters of Jihad and themselves consider America as Great Satan. Perhaps its s march of history

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Well, Madan, when it comes to this - that the government chooses to spy on law-abiding people, we have lost our democracy. I takle issue with your assertion that "many" Americans are supporters of Jihad. My guess is the actual number is miniscule. And to be honest, I am in no way a Jihadist, but I myself would argue that America is indeed the Great Satan, if, that is, I believed in Satan.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Jul 2014 (#)

wow Steve a very powerful post this...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Jul 2014 (#)

People are too busy worrying about their rights to a gun so they do not even know about the rest of what is going on.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jul 2014 (#)

That's very true.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
10th Jul 2014 (#)

This is a very informative and well written piece! Thank you!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Margaret. I appreciate that.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Jul 2014 (#)

I agree, Snowdon is a hero as are other whistle blowers as yourself.
Thanks for another heads up Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you C.D. You are also.

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Jul 2014 (#)

I think Snowden is a hero! It time to get some honesty in governments everywhere.

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