Naming NSA Victims? Greenwald Says Game-Changer “Imminent”

By:  Thomas R. Eddlem
Naming NSA Victims? Greenwald Says Game-Changer “Imminent”

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald has promised to name victims of NSA warrantless surveillance, calling such an expose “imminent” in an interview with Fox News.

Such an exposé may prove to be a game-changer in congressional and public debate on granting the NSA unconstitutional warrantless surveillance powers. 

Greenwald was been the primary recipient of information about the once-secret NSA programs revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Greenwald told Fox News' Shepard Smith that his next revelations will involve naming names about how NSA surveillance has strayed from merely going after terrorists to engaging in politics:

Greenwald: All the people on whom we are reporting consented to it. They participated in the story. They spoke on camera. We are publishing video.

Smith: Will we recognize these names and some of these people?

Greenwald: You will definitely recognize some of these names and some of these people.

Smith: From politics? From Government? From what?

Greenwald: From a little of all of that.

Smith: Okay...

Greenwald: I can't give hints. But they are people who, when you see that they are the targets you will see that they have nothing to do with terrorism and that they are definitely people engaged in political activism that's controversial.

Greenwald said that revelations will be published on his new website, The Intercept, but refused to state a specific date of publication. “The story is imminent,” Greenwald told Smith June 23. “You will definitely recognize some of these names and some of these people.”

The importance of publishing the names of victims of NSA warrantless snooping is that it will put a human face on the flagrant violation of the Fourth Amendment and reveal the practical reasons for the amendment's adoption back in 1791. Moreover, proponents of unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens have pinned their arguments to claims that omnipresent NSA vacuuming-up of American citizens' data had never been abused.

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Photo of Glenn Greenwald: AP Images

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