The NSA Spies On Porn Habits To Destroy Reputations Of Targets

I often wish the private lives of some people would be exposed in order to marginalize their reputations. Hollywood Leftist and Liberal Politicians might not have the same moral authority if their secrets were exposed.

But I have to trust God that the relevant information will slip out if God wants it to. I can’t violate property laws and hack into emails or otherwise bug or monitor someone by trespassing. Their secrets are theirs alone.

But the NSA doesn’t see it that way. HuffPo:

The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target’s credibility, reputation and authority.

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.”

Much of this doesn’t bother me by itself because the behavior is disgusting and the targets are foreign. There should be no worry about the Bill of Rights. But…

None of the six individuals targeted by the NSA is accused in the document of being involved in terror plots. The agency believes they all currently reside outside the United States. It identifies one of them, however, as a “U.S. person,” which means he is either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. A U.S. person is entitled to greater legal protections against NSA surveillance than foreigners are.

We all know there are people currently holding elected office in Federal and state government who have viewed online porn. We know that there are people who will be running for office who have done so. Hopefully, in the case of a worthwhile candidate, he knows what he did is wrong and has broken free of the habit.

But we already know the government considers Constitutionalists to be terrorists. There is no question that the NSA would overlook the the ways in which the “private and public behaviors” of mainstream politicians and candidates “are not consistent,” but expose such inconsistency when they find it in tea party candidates.

Additionally, with the revelations about our spying on European politicians, citizens of other nations are going to start wondering to what extent the NSA has had a hand in their own elections, so that some get exposed for personal moral violations while others are given a pass.