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NSA 'spied on prominent Muslim-Americans' - Americas - Al Jazeera English

NSA 'spied on prominent Muslim-Americans' - Americas - Al Jazeera English

An online magazine has reported that the National Security Agency
(NSA) and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent
Muslim-Americans under the US government's secret surveillance programme
aimed at national security threats.


The article in the Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn
Greenwald, said on Wednesday that the targets included a lawyer, a
Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil
rights activists.


The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes.


The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission for its surveillance.


The account said that a three-month investigation using classified
documents obtained from former NSA contract systems analyst Edward
Snowden showed that "the system for authorising NSA surveillance affords
the government wide latitud…

Israel is deliberately targeting civilians in Gaza

Israel is deliberately targeting civilians in Gaza

The UN says 77 percent of Palestinians killed in Israel’s relentless bombing campaign on the besieged Gaza Strip have been civilians.


A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs details Israel’s current assault, now it in its sixth day.


With over 150 killed,
including an alarming number of women and children, and the death toll
in Gaza rising by the hour, Israeli officials insist they are doing all
they can to avoid civilian casualties.


Using precision guided missiles, the Israeli army claims it is only bombing people and infrastructure “affiliated with Hamas terrorism” — and the international community is buying it.


What is not being discussed, however, is who and what constitutes a Hamas affiliate.


Hamas is more than just a militant organization, it is the political
party that was democratically elected in 2006 to govern the Gaza Strip
and West Bank. Hamas’s
control means that almost everyone and eve…

Bombing of Gaza children gives me “orgasm”: Israelis celebrate slaughter on Facebook

Bombing of Gaza children gives me “orgasm”: Israelis celebrate slaughter on Facebook

Israel’s latest assault on the besieged Gaza Strip has been accompanied by yet another sharp increase in incitement against Palestinians and solidarity activists on social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter.


Facebook groups have been set up to call for the collective
punishment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Others host incitement
against Palestinian students at Israeli universities, including posting pictures of and personal information about individual students.


The radical and violent anti-Palestinian climate in Israel is not divorced from reality.


After more than a week of Israeli government threats to do so,
commandos launched the first ground incursion into the northern Gaza
Strip early Sunday morning, reported Ma’an News Agency.


At the time of writing, there have been no Israeli deaths as a result
of rockets fired by armed Palestinian groups in Gaza, though much of
the mainst…