Top secret document reveals NSA spies on porn habits of suspected terrorists in bid to discredit them

  • Document  was revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
  • It shows  agency spied on suspected radicalizers to  harm their reputations
  • Civil liberties  campaigners have voiced concerns about the revelations
  • One says:  ‘NSA surveillance activities are  anything but narrowly focused’

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 04:50 EST, 27  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 05:58 EST, 27 November 2013

National Security Agency spies have been  tracking the online sexual activity of suspected terrorists in a bid to expose  them as hypocrites, it emerged today.

A top secret document revealed by NSA  whistleblower Edward Snowden shows the agency monitored suspected  radicalizers in a bid to harm their  reputations.

Six  targets, all Muslims, are identified as  ‘exemplars’ of how electronic  surveillance can be used to find ‘personal vulnerabilities’ to discredit  them.

The document revealed by Edward Snowdon says evidence of 'viewing sexually explicit material online' could call into question a radicaliser's devotion to the jihadist cause 

The document revealed by Edward Snowdon says evidence of  ‘viewing sexually explicit material online’ could call into question a  radicaliser’s devotion to the jihadist cause

 

The document says none of the six individuals targeted by the NSA is accused of being involved in terror plots and all are believed to currently reside outside the U.S. 

The document says none of the six individuals targeted  by the NSA is accused of being involved in terror plots and all are believed to  currently reside outside the U.S.

Among the vulnerabilities listed by the NSA  that can be exploited are ‘viewing sexually explicit material online’ and ‘using  sexually  explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced  young girls’.

The NSA document, dated October 3, 2012,  repeatedly refers to the power of  charges of hypocrisy to undermine such a  messenger, the The Huffington Post reported.

The document says: ‘A previous SIGINT  [signals intelligence, the interception of communications] assessment report on  radicalization indicated that radicalizers appear  to be particularly vulnerable  in the area of authority when their  private and public behaviors are not  consistent.’

The director of the National Security Agency  is listed as the ‘originator’ of the document which  lists recipients including  officials at the U.S. Departments of Justice and  Commerce and the Drug  Enforcement Administration.

Shawn Turner, director of public affairs for  National Intelligence, told The Huffington Post: ‘Without discussing  specific individuals, it should not be surprising that the  US Government uses  all of the lawful tools at our disposal to impede the efforts of valid terrorist  targets who seek to harm the nation and  radicalize others to  violence.’

But civil liberties campaigners have voiced  concerns about the revelations.

Top secret document reveals how the NSA tried to discredit suspected radicalisers 

Top secret document reveals how the NSA tried to  discredit suspected radicalisers

 

Jameel  Jaffer, deputy legal director of the  American Civil Liberties Union,  said: ‘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.’

‘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.’

The director of the National Security Agency is listed as the 'originator' of the document which lists recipients including officials at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce and the DEAThe director of the National Security Agency is listed  as the ‘originator’ of the document which lists recipients including officials  at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce and the DEA

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