Do you think a terrorist who is hellbent on killing women and children would be offended if the NSA exposed his porn habits? The NSA apparently does as it has collected evidence of online sexual activity and visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of six people the agency considered "radicalizers," the Huffington Post reported, citing documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The targets, all Muslims, are described in the document as examples of how "personal vulnerabilities" can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority, HuffPo said in its report.
Among the vulnerabilities are "viewing sexually explicit material online" and "using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls," according to the NSA document, dated Oct. 3, 2012.
None of the six individuals targeted by the NSA is accused in the document of being involved in terror plots. The agency believes they all currently reside outside the United States, HuffPo reported. However, the agency identifies one of them as a "U.S. person," which means he is either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. A U.S. person is entitled to greater legal protections against NSA surveillance than foreigners are, HuffPo noted.
"The NSA scandal turns a dangerous corner," Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, wrote on Twitter after reading the HuffPo report. "I bet Washington is full of nervous people."
HuffPo released an appendix that was attached to the document which lists the argument each surveillance target has made that the NSA says constitutes radicalism, as well the personal "vulnerabilities" the agency believes would leave the targets "open to credibility challenges" if exposed.
For the record, the government says Americans have no right to expect privacy....porn included