Skip to comments.NSA and the FBI Spy on Muslim-American Leaders
Posted on 07/19/2014 12:23:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
New documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm that the NSA and the FBI spy on Muslim-American leaders, including Republican Party politicians and military veterans.
The article describes an NSA spreadsheet that shows 7,485 email addresses listed as monitored between 2002 and 2008.
The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes:
Faisal Gill, a Pakistani-American, is a longtime Republican Party operative and one-time candidate for public office who held a top-secret security clearance and served in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush;
Faisal Gill, a Pakistani-American, Faisal Gill, a Pakistani-American, Asim Ghafoor, an American prominent attorney who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases;
Asim Ghafoor, an American prominent attorney Asim Ghafoor, an American prominent attorney Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor of international relations at Rutgers University;
Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor Agha Saeed, a Pakistani-American former political science professor at California State University who has championed Muslim civil liberties and Palestinian rights;
Agha Saeed (Julie Plasencia/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis) Agha Saeed (Julie Plasencia/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis) Nihad Awad, a Palestinian-American, is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country.
Nihad Awad, a Palestinian-American, Nihad Awad, a Palestinian-American, The five Americans whose email accounts were monitored by the NSA and FBI have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives. All five vehemently deny any involvement in terrorism or espionage, and none advocates violent jihad or is known to have been implicated in any crime, despite years of intense scrutiny by the government and the press.
Gill, whose AOL and Yahoo! email accounts were monitored while he was a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, commented, Ive done everything in my life to be patriotic. I served in the Navy, served in the government, was active in my communityIve done everything that a good citizen, in my opinion, should do.
It is impossible to know why their emails were monitored, or the extent of the surveillance. It is also unclear under what legal authority it was conducted, whether the men were formally targeted under FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants. But the five individuals share one thing in common: they are Muslims.
According to FBI training materials uncovered by Wired in 2011,The FBI teaches agents to treat mainstream Muslims as supporters of terrorism, to view charitable donations by Muslims as a funding mechanism for combat, and to view Islam itself as a Death Star that must be destroyed if terrorism is to be contained.
Anonymous officials said that the government did not have a FISA warrant for at least one of the individuals spied on. Under current law, the NSA may directly target a U.S. person (an American citizen or legal permanent resident) for electronic surveillance with only a warrant approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
When I received a document that proved I had been tapped talking to my clients, I was shocked beyond belief, Ghafoor recalls. Its like finding out there was a peeping tom. You just wonder: What else did they violate?
The NSA issued a statement that reads in part: 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.
Some of the governments surveillance practices today are reminiscent of those earlier abusive practices, Jaffer says. Todays American-Muslim activists occupy the same position that civil-rights and anti-war activists occupied during the 1960s.
The five Muslim-Americans come from different backgrounds and hold different religious and political views. Despite being subjected to what appears to be long periods of government surveillance, none have ever been charged with a crime, let alone credibly linked to terrorism or espionage.
Even a U.S. citizen like Faisal Gill, who served his country both in the armed forces and in the White House, found himself spied on by his own government. Gill reminds us, privacy is important. And to have that basically invaded for no reason whatsoever for the fact that I didnt do anything I think thats troubling. And I think that certainly goes to show how we need to shape policy differently than it is right now.
So this is bad, there lucky we dont kick their a##es back to arabia
Wanna bet 0 bows down and apologizes for this?
Its only by chance they are doing this. Their intent is to spy on conservatives and tea party members.
> New documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm that the NSA and the FBI spy on Muslim-American leaders, including Republican Party politicians and military veterans.
IOW, a handful (if that) of Republicans monitored pursuant to this, from 2002 to 2008, during the Bush years — ALIBI FAIL.
He won’t. He may use them, but he doesn’t like them and he needs to control and use them.
But it's OK that they spy on the rest of us?
So...? That’s what we pay them for.
I hope they do.
We’re at war with radical Islam... these choices don’t seem out of line...
As well they should!!!!
“I hope they do.”
I’m not seeing a problem here, either.
I wish that were true.
However, they don’t spy on the muzzies.
They spy on us because they see those who want the Constitution upheld as being terrorists and a threat.
It’s something I don’t relish, but it has to be done.
Islam is just too problematic to get a free pass. If it’s adherents had been watched closer, 09/11 wouldn’t have taken place.
I would look very hard at a fire and brimstone Islamic cleric, because we can see first hand what results from that.
If the leader is too far out of line, boot their ass back to creation for all I care.
What will it take to convince you that if you are a non-muslim you are an infidel and you must either accept Islam or die by the sword? They say this themselves. "Death to infidels."
Just for fun Google "sharia beheadings" and watch the videos of people being killed by the religion of peace and harmony.
Any Muslim living in America is an enemy of America as long as the religion (Islam and Sharia law) takes precedence over our Constitution and American law. Until they renounce Sharia, they do not respect America and are not peaceful toward Americans.
“NSA and the FBI Spy on Muslim-American Leaders” and damn well they should.....and on their followers too.
Islam is the enemy of freedom, liberty and America. Anyone that follows islam is a potential threat.
The article claims “Republican Party politicians” were also monitored, but doesn’t name any politician that was elected.
And why shouldn’t they spy on them? Aren’t they supposed to help protect us from “..’enemies foreign and domestic.”??