(Al Jazeera America, Wednesday, November 27, 2013)
National Security Agency surveillance has gathered records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a plan to exploit the “personal vulnerabilities” of Muslims who the agency says are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, The Huffington Post reported Tuesday, citing what it said was a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by former government contractor Edward Snowden, reportedly explained how electronic surveillance can be used to damage someone’s credibility. “Some vulnerabilities, if exposed, would likely call into question a radicalizer’s devotion to the jihadist cause, leading to the degradation or loss of his authority,” the document, which was dated Oct. 3, 2012, said, according to The Huffington Post. The report identified exploitable behaviors as including “viewing sexually explicit material online or using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls.” The originator of the document is listed as DIRNSA (director of the National Security Agency), the report said.