A new revelation from Edward Snowden published by Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher, and Ryan says that the NSA has been using the browsing habits of people as pertains to sex to try and discredit them.
The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target’s credibility, reputation and authority.
Yet Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said these revelations give rise to serious concerns about abuse. “It’s important to remember that the NSA’s surveillance activities are anything but narrowly focused — the agency is collecting massive amounts of sensitive information about virtually everyone,” he said.
“Wherever you are, the NSA’s databases store information about your political views, your medical history, your intimate relationships and your activities online,” he added. “The NSA says this personal information won’t be abused, but these documents show that the NSA probably defines ‘abuse’ very narrowly.”
Jaffer, however, warned that the lessons of history ought to compel serious concern that a “president will ask the NSA to use the fruits of surveillance to discredit a political opponent, journalist or human rights activist.”
“The NSA has used its power that way in the past and it would be naïve to think it couldn’t use its power that way in the future,” he said.
It should have long been obvious to anyone other than the most clueless and devoted acolytes of the national security state that the information gained from the widespread and indiscriminate spying on people would be used to attack anyone they perceived as enemies using any tool they have.
It is only a matter of time before we learn that the NSA has used the material it has collected to blackmail people. In the NSA, we are dealing with an organization that, along with the White House, is so supremely confident that they should be the sole judges of what is right that they have lost all sense of right and wrong.