by Scott Creighton
As promised, Glenn Greenwald has finally come out with his “Big List” of Americans spied on by the NSA and others.
It’s total BS and it’s only five people… five politically connected neoliberal Muslims. ಠ_ಠ
“The five Americans whose email accounts were monitored by the NSA and FBI have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives.” Greenwald
You will soon understand what Glenn Greenwald considers “exemplary”
He claims that there were only another 202 “U.S. persons” identified on the “Big List” by email addresses only (which they blacked out of course) making it “impossible” to identify them by name (perhaps he could have sent them an email?)
“The vast majority of individuals on the “FISA recap” spreadsheet are not named. Instead, only their email addresses are listed, making it impossible in most cases to ascertain their identities. Under the heading “Nationality,” the list designates 202 email addresses as belonging to “U.S. persons,” 1,782 as belonging to “non-U.S. persons,” and 5,501 as “unknown” or simply blank. The Intercept identified the five Americans placed under surveillance from their email addresses” Greenwald
Are we really supposed to believe that he could ONLY identify these five politically linked, neoliberal Muslims in his “Big List’ of people spied on by the NSA?
You might notice something else… the list shows that ALL of the surveillance ended prior to Obama taking office.
These are the five he mentions by name and this is how he lists them in the first part of his “groundbreaking” article:
- Faisal Gill, 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;
- Asim Ghafoor, a prominent attorney who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases;
- Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor of international relations at Rutgers University;
- Agha Saeed, a former political science professor at California State University who champions Muslim civil liberties and Palestinian rights;
- Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country.
But there is another way to list them, a more accurate way, which tends to cast a little doubt on the authenticity of his “Big List”:
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