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Report: NSA Spying On Porn Habits Of Potential Radicals

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The Huffington Post reports that the National Security Administration has been spying on the online sex habits of potentially radical foreign citizens, in an attempt to discredit those possibly opposing the US. The revelation comes from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The leaked document, dated from October 2012, identifies six individuals who have made some possibly threatening statements against the US. None are suspected of current involvement in a terror plot. All are believed to be living outside the US, and five are not citizens. But one is identified as a “US person,” which could mean a US citizen or permanent resident.

An appendix lists the alleged infractions of the individuals, such as stating that the US perpetrated the 9/11 attacks against itself, or preaching violence against non-Muslims. The appendix also lists “vulnerabilities” for the corresponding individuals, such as “online promiscuity” and “deceitful use of funds.”

The article comes from Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who has been the main source of information for Snowden’s leaks.

US experts on privacy immediately became wary of the potential for abuse in this system, with some comparing it to the FBI’s spying on civil rights leaders and politicians for blackmail in the mid-20th century. But a journalist covering the NSA told HuffPo that he didn’t yet see evidence of such abuses in the current NSA spying.

 

 

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