NSA Monitored Porn Habits To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’

Latest revelations from Snowden leaks

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The National Security Agency has been spying on online sexual activity – including visits to pornography websites – as part of a proposed plan to discredit a handful of people the agency believes are “radicalizing” others, according to a new report.

The Huffington Post reports on the latest revelations from leaker and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which indicates the NSA has spied on six targets, all Muslims, whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches. According to the latest leaked document, the NSA listed vulnerabilities that could be exploited to discredit the individuals, including “viewing sexually explicit material online” and “using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls.”

None of the six individuals identified in the document is accused of being involved in terrorist plots, and the agency believes that all reside outside of the U.S.

The NSA document cited in the report was dated Oct. 3, 2012. It is the latest in a series of leaked classified documents obtained by Snowden, a former NSA contractor, who has since fled the United States and is living under temporary asylum in Russia.

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drudown
drudown

The FACT that the Congress is on ACTUAL NOTICE of the largest Constitutional VIOLATION in the HISTORY of the United States (NSA program) and the “new” GOP members of Congress (e.g., Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, et al.) have done nothing but VIOLATE the Constitution again via its pre-meditated “shut down” tends to show term limits are NOT the necessary and proper means to ensure RESPONSIBLE public service. Rather, there needs to be OVERSIGHT by the Executive branch and Independent Judiciary. If the present format just leads to a REVOLVING door to K Street…how would term limits for Congress “change” the problem? Namely, the Congressional “leaders” just advance lobbyist-agendas while in office. This should be carefully considered.

With regards to the LACK of ETHICS in our federal government, maybe this underscores why the Bush Administration officials should be prosecuted for VIOLATING the Bill of Rights, i.e., by creating this monstrosity, it only created Diplomatic problems and these "alleged issues" that (drumroll, please) no doubt the NSA will contend make its adherence to LAWFUL State Action more problematic. 

SHUT IT DOWN, for God's sake. 

As an aside, the "paid for" media's entire conceptual approach to analyzing the threshold issues discussed erroneously implies that the Bill of Rights and Due Process do not circumscribe the NSA's conduct in the first instance. They make it sound as if this some "dance" between the Congress and Supreme Court precedent interpreting the individual's injury-in-fact- say, a person's 4th Amendment's right to not have his/her emails searched and seized under the Bill of Rights. 

By such strained logic, the Congress can just "do what it wants" with no regard to the Supreme Law of the Land. That is the point of the INALIENABLE RIGHTS under the Constitution. The State CANNOT "take it away". Sorry, that is just more "law according to the Decider and his Foreign Puppeteer." It turns our entire government on its head. And no, 9/11 or any other CRIMINAL act in the future in the alleged "name" of jihad won't take it away either.

The NSA program is ILLEGAL and those that PUT IT INTO PLACE violated the LAW. Period.

 What, such refusal to bring the most fundamental PROTECTIONS of our Founding Fathers' system of checks and balances within the three separate branches of government not a "deprivation" of life, liberty or property? [see, Davidson v. Cannon (1986) 474 U.S. 344]

Get real.



“There are times when even justice brings harm with it.” - Sophocles

Oh, and ONLY the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction to "say what the law means" and/or use Judicial Review to hold Constitutionality of the alleged State Action face to face. 

Funny, similar to the GOP Puppeteer's "anti-ACA playbook" for GOP members of Congress to read from, apparently it bought a "Benghazi playbook" with super-PAC money as well, and the law of Judicial Estoppel precludes the SAME declarants claiming Secretary of State Clinton or President Obama is somehow "vicariously liable" for Benghazi but- lo and behold- President Bush is, what, somehow "absolved" of his negligent oversight and/or purposeful direction to the NSA because- until said FBI investigation- "we don't know what we don't know"? That makes a mockery of ordered liberty. 

Why won't W testify under oath? 

Here, there is arguably a tremendous prejudice to the People with data and confidential information seized…there needs to be adequate assurances that communications are safe from unlawful State Action that will have a "chilling effect" on Commerce just as the Snowden disclosures of NSA spying on our own Allies could have a "chilling effect" on Diplomacy. 

All by design? I fancy.



"If you attack the Prince with a sword, throw away the scabbard." - English Proverb



Here, there is this ongoing and misplaced GOP "narrative" that the Most Powerful Military in the World is, what, somehow "at risk" from complete NON-THREATS like Iran and Iraq? That we should subvert OUR WAY OF FREEDOM to (ahem) "guard against the Evil Doers" while the GOP DOES NOTHING to even pursue the actual threat or advance Diplomatic agendas that would CURE the unrest? Sorry, "arming and training" impoverished Arabs and Persians is going to lead to civil war in, say, Syria and Egypt. 

Lo and behold, the GOP Propaganda machine and Puppeteer alleges "President Obama is failing on these 'Mission Impossible' situations," as if, in the end, there is SHAMELESS subversion of our own Federal government's charter of LIMITED POWERS. We don't OWE the Arab or Persian people in ANY sovereign a "Police Power" or "ongoing military presence" if- lo and behold- per the SAME super-PAC suckling GOP Congress- they REFUSE to even RAISE the REVENUE or COLLECT funds from, say, Iraq which the Bush Administration purports we "liberated". Well, that is NOT how the United States works, just as warrantless spying on Americans and our Allies doesn't work, so too, does "fracking" our OWN POTABLE water supply to RUIN and complete ecological collapse so a few people can make a ton of money selling natural gas to Asia no work. 

This Tea Party-led GOP hell bent on "shaking things up" has proven to simply do so in a destructive, counterintuitive and often outright UNLAWFUL manner than VIOLATES precedent, contravenes Stare Decisis and turns hundreds of years of precedent on its head. 

Because NOBODY believes in the "good faith" of the Decider- after Snowden revealed spying on law-abiding Americans- it is NOT at all legal, and the notion some idiot propaganda sock puppets litter this site and, indeed, the entire web with divisive Tea Party junk with an eye toward (drumroll, please) deflecting attention from the FACT the Tea Party-controlled GOP Congress is trying to turn our system of government into some "broke down, can't afford to run the Court System or fund the SEC, IRS or EPA" joke of a performance of the Social Contract has to be ENJOINED.

Ps. still no Budget, huh?

The GOP is "paid for" FARCE.

"Thy love afar is spite at home." - Emerson

WalterPinkmanHyzenburrg
WalterPinkmanHyzenburrg

I have to say this is the definition of Slippery Slope.  Guys, you want the NSA threatening to publicize your 2:00 am porn activity if you run for office or something?  Every site you've visited, ever?  It will happen, guaranteed.   Hoover would be proud.

DanEngland
DanEngland

I believe the George W Bush Jr administration used this tactic against Democratic congress people and senators. How else can one explain the spineless behavior of so many during the reign of terror of Bush Jr and his people?

mikeGconner
mikeGconner

”He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.” ”People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither " Ben  Franklin

yogi
yogi

*swampland commenters clearing their browser cache*

billthegrunt
billthegrunt

I'd like to know how the Huffington Post got their hands on a Snowden document,when all previous documents were leaked to The Guardian and Washington Post? Is it possible that the NSA is trying to steal some of Snowden's thunder by releasing documents itself, to other sources?

notsacredh
notsacredh

The NSA is way off-base. I like porn because I appreciate photography.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

So those were the six people on the interwebs looking at porn!

billthegrunt
billthegrunt

Turns out the HuffPost article is authored by Glenn Greenwald. Odd that he seems to be branching out.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@sacredh Why did I think this post would be catnip to you?

Says the guy who commented first. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Paul,nnto, some people are ashamed to admit that they like porn. I'm not one of them. I think true shame is admitting to watching reality tv (which is anything but) and belonging to the Tea Party (anti-American to be generous).