Monday, July 14, 2014

Am I supposed to Feel Bad about This? NSA Accused of Spying on U.S. Muslims

Yeah I admit, I have selective rage ..I'm selecting in this instance, not to be upset:
U.S. spy agencies again found themselves on the defensive Wednesday over domestic spying operations, after documents revealed the identities of five Muslim Americans who had been under surveillance.
Tsarnaev Brothers (US Citizens) .. Anyone worried
about their rights? It's too bad they weren't on
the NSA list before they did their deeds ..NO?
Muslim American and civil liberties groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations—whose leader was among the targets—wrote to President Barack Obama to request a full public accounting.
The highly classified documents were provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to the online publication the Intercept. They showed email addresses marked for surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, likely with the help of the NSA.
Anwar al-Awlaki (US Citizen) .. Anyone worried
about his rights? It's too bad he wasn't on
the NSA list before he did his deeds ..NO?
The documents list 7,485 email addresses, 202 of which the Intercept said were American, that were monitored between 2002 and 2008. It isn't known if the addresses were monitored after 2008, because the documents date only to that year. One separate 2005 document, providing guidance for formatting surveillance memos, used a fake name, "Mohammed Raghead."
Sen. Ron. Wyden (D., Ore.), a member of the Senate intelligence committee, called the use of the slur "clearly appalling." CAIR also condemned the use of such terms in training materials.
Faisal Shahzad (US Citizen) .. Anyone worried
about his rights? It's too bad he wasn't on
the NSA list before he attempted his deeds ..NO?
An NSA spokeswoman said such language didn't reflect the agency's views. "NSA has not and would not approve official training documents that include insulting or inflammatory language," said the spokeswoman, Vanee Vines.
The White House said it would ask intelligence officials to review policies, training standards and directives for "diversity and tolerance."
The revelations spotlight the difficult relationship the U.S. government has had with Muslim-American groups in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
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