Greenwald: Muslim-Americans Are Not the Only Targets of NSA Spying

In an online discussion, the journalist promises that more leaks about who is targeted by the NSA’s surveillance programs are on the way.

National Journal
Dustin Volz
July 9, 2014, 6:47 a.m.

Journ­al­ist Glenn Gre­en­wald has made an­oth­er pledge: He’s not done ex­pos­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s spy­ing secrets.

Dur­ing an “Ask Me Any­thing” ses­sion on red­dit, Gre­en­wald and fel­low journ­al­ist Mur­taza Hus­sain said that Wed­nes­day’s story re­veal­ing that the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency and FBI have tar­geted prom­in­ent Muslim-Amer­ic­ans is not the end of their re­port­ing on Ed­ward Snowden’s year-old leaks.

“I get in trouble every time I talk about our re­port­ing be­fore it’s ready, but suf­fice to say: Muslims, while the prime tar­get of post-9/11 ab­uses, are not the only ones tar­geted by them, and there is def­in­itely more big re­port­ing to come from the Snowden archive,” the pair said in re­sponse to a ques­tion.

Gre­en­wald was sup­plied with a large trove of top-secret doc­u­ments from Ed­ward Snowden last year, and they have fueled a near-con­stant stream of re­ports that have ex­posed in­tim­ate de­tails about the NSA’s clas­si­fied do­mest­ic and for­eign sur­veil­lance pro­grams. On Wed­nes­day, Gre­en­wald’s new­est story re­vealed that in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have spied on the email com­mu­nic­a­tions of five high-pro­file Muslim-Amer­ic­ans who say they are not guilty of any wrong­do­ing.

The story has already pro­voked an out­cry from NSA crit­ics who see the new leak as evid­ence of ra­cial and eth­nic pro­fil­ing by in­tel­li­gence ana­lysts.

In re­sponse, the the Of­fice of the Dir­ect­or of Na­tion­al In­tel­li­gence and the Justice De­part­ment said in a joint state­ment that U.S. spy agen­cies do not “con­duct elec­tron­ic sur­veil­lance of polit­ic­al, re­li­gious, or act­iv­ist fig­ures solely be­cause they dis­agree with pub­lic policies or cri­ti­cize the gov­ern­ment, or for ex­er­cising con­sti­tu­tion­al rights.”

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