This Week in NSA: Muslim Spying, Thousands of Emails

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kwazi Nkrumah speaks while joining protesters rallying outside the U.S. Capitol against the NSA's recently detailed surveillance programs June 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty)

This week brings news about the NSA from the Edward Snowden leaks, from the extent of their surveillance on everyday communication to the fact that they targeted particular Muslim-Americans. We begin with Hooshang Amirahmadi, professor and former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, and one of five Muslim-Americans spied on between 2002 and 2008, per Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

→ Click Here for Quotes and More from the Interview with Amirahmadi

Then, Shane Harris, senior writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers discusses the news and updates our List of What We Know the NSA Can Do.


Hooshang Amirahmadi and Shane Harris

Comments [10]

Street Computers from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Joe Richards,

It would be Counter Revolutionary and too Fox Newsy to do so.

Jul. 11 2014 03:21 PM


(Headline today - NEW YORK TIMES)

“Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials.”

Hey, maybe THEY can find Obama’s strictly hidden academic records, SAT’s, IQ scores and academic writings (if any actually exist, LOL) and release them to his employers – the American people. (Finally!) And maybe include the emails from Axelrod explaining to Barry (in short words and simple sentences) why his "credentials" had to be kept secret.

Jul. 10 2014 01:55 PM
Soldier's Father from Westchester

@ Gary from Queens: You misread my post - I didn't say anything about interning people. My point was simply that the facilities where the refugees lived in Oswego were the same as (or slightly better than) those the soldiers had lived in.

Also, to avoid getting into a long discussion with jgarbuz, I didn't challenge his history - the refugees were not "interned" in Oswego, they were housed there while being processed for resettlement in permanent housing. (Actually I believe the barbed wire had been replaced by normal fencing by the time the refugees arrived, but since I'm not sure I did not raise it in my first post.)

Jul. 10 2014 11:19 AM
Joe Richards

First, you interview a person complaining of discrimination by the government. Then you bring in an expert who supports the complaints. What kind of balance is this for radio supported by the public?
Why don't you also interview someone from the government or a well known expert on terrorism who supports the government's position, like Steven Emerson? Then we listeners would get a balanced perspective, which is the mandate of public radio.

Jul. 10 2014 11:08 AM
gary from queens

Hey "soldiers father",

Your argument, whether you realize it or not, is that we should intern all muslim immigrants in a camp against their will, for the sake of security. Why? because you think it's not cruel to detain people.

I think if they had a choice, muslims would rather have their phones tapped than be forced to live behind barbed wires in baracks

logging out now

Jul. 10 2014 11:03 AM

No Harm No Foul

Nothing to see here folks.

Edward Snowden is a traitor and an egomaniac and Glenn Greenwald is not much better than that.

Jul. 10 2014 10:49 AM
Soldier's Father from Westchester

@ jgarbuz: Have you visited the camp in Oswego? I have. The camp where the Jewish refugees lived was the same one my father lived and trained in with his activated National Guard unit for several months before deploying to Europe in WWII. The barbed wire was there when he trained - normal procedure for securing a military base. The barracks where the refugees stayed were the same ones the soldiers used -- except they were insulated and winterized by the time the refugees moved in (no such luck for the soldiers).

You should take a road trip to see for yourself - it's a nice drive this time of year.

Jul. 10 2014 10:36 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

What kind of dialogue? When Germany was ruled by Hitler and the Nazis and Japan was ruled by the militarists what kind of dialogue helped us out? What kind of dialogue can you have with those who are theologically or ideologically committed to your destruction? Israel has tried dialogue with terrorist groups for decades and see we are today. Dialogue with mortal enemies only delays the inevitable clash that must come to decide things one way or the other.

And during WWII Japanese-Americans who did nothing were placed into concentration camps. Jewish refugees from Hitler who were saved spent a year behind barbed wire in a camp up in Oswego, New York till the end of the war. The excuses given was that there might be secret Nazi saboteurs hiding amidst the Jewish refugees. Same excuse for the internment of Japanese-Americans. IN wartime this is what happens, unfortunately, and we are still at war with Islamists of both Sunni and Shia persuastion who mutually seek the downfall of the "Great Satan" and "Li'l Satan."

Jul. 10 2014 10:09 AM

NSA ???
LOL, the NYT reveals that Chinese hackers may be doing the backgrounds checks on Barry Obama that the NSA was never allowed to do.

Disband the NSA - outsource to Beijing !!!


Jul. 10 2014 09:40 AM
john from office

Folks we spy on people we are at war with, is that a suprise?

In WW2 we spied on German Americans, many of whome were disloyal to the USA, We relocated Japanese Americans from the shoreline.

During Vietnam we spied on the anti war movement. That is what the FBI, CIA, and NSA and any other national security organization does.

We are in a death stuggle with vicious people, who happen to be muslims, WHO ARE WE TO LOOK INTO??? Look at what is going on today in Syria, Iraq and so on, Mass murder!!

Snowden and his prissy little friend Greenwald will get theirs soon, they are traitors. Greenwald takes such delicious delight, like a little school girl, at his disclosures. We will see who is grinning in the end. My "in the end" comment was not a comment on Greenwald.

Jul. 10 2014 07:03 AM

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