July 2014, Vol. 13 No. 07
Journalists reveal government monitoring political activists
Earlier this month, journalists revealed the names of five American targets of the NSA’s surveillance dragnet. This was the first time that Americans who have never been arrested, or even suspected of terrorist activity, have been individually identified as targets for government monitoring.
Since the story was published, Greenwald has spoken candidly about the reasons for his delay in reporting the names, as well as why it matters. As he explained to Wired magazine, “This is the first time that there’s a human face on who the targets are….I think it’s important for people to judge—are these really terrorists or are these people who seem to be targeted for their political dissidence and their political activism?”
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