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NSA spied on online porn habits to 'discredit radicalizers'

So, the NSA has been keeping track of "online sex habits" in an effort to discredit "radicalizers." Basically, they tried to see who was chatting it up with young women and browsing the videos on PornHub so that they could threaten to expose these "radicalizers" as hypocrites.

NSA spied on online porn habits to 'discredit radicalizers'

I´ve tried online dating, but everybody lies. (iStock photo)
I've tried online dating, but everybody lies. (iStock photo) iStockphoto

So, the NSA has been keeping track of "online sex habits" in an effort to discredit "radicalizers." Basically, they identified a number of Muslims influencing people online and tried to see who among them was chatting it up with young women and browsing the videos on PornHub so that they could threaten to expose these "radicalizers" as hypocrites.

The top-secret NSA document detailing the practice of monitoring these habits use as leverage was provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The NSA document, dated Oct. 3, 2012, repeatedly refers to the power of charges of hypocrisy to undermine such a messenger. “A previous SIGINT" -- or 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 document argues.

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

While none of the six people listed in the document as targets of the practice are accused of being involved in terror plots, the language suggests that the NSA believes that these people are radicalizing others by expressing controversial ideas on the Internet. YouTube. Facebook. You get the idea.

The NSA possesses embarrassing sexually explicit information about at least two of the targets by virtue of electronic surveillance of their online activity. The report states that some of the data was gleaned through FBI surveillance programs carried out under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act. The document adds, "Information herein is based largely on Sunni extremist communications." It further states that "the SIGINT information is from primary sources with direct access and is generally considered reliable."

According to the document, the NSA believes that exploiting electronic surveillance to publicly reveal online sexual activities can make it harder for these “radicalizers” to maintain their credibility. "Focusing on access reveals potential vulnerabilities that could be even more effectively exploited when used in combination with vulnerabilities of character or credibility, or both, of the message in order to shape the perception of the messenger as well as that of his followers," the document argues.

The Huffington Post is not releasing the names of the six targeted individuals or their locations. The HuffPo piece also states that the document does not contain information to explicitly confirm or deny that the NSA carried out the plan to discredit the individuals. [Huffington Post]

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