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How the NSA is Crushing Dissent at Home and Abroad — Even in Saudi Arabia

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NSA helps Saudi Arabia crush dissent, just like at home…

NSA spying might be more about crushing dissent and blackmailing opponent, not stopping terrorism. NSA is giving the raw data on American citizens living in the U.S. to Israel. That doesn’t seem to be a good strategy for protecting America from terrorism. Newly-published Snowden documents from Glenn Greenwald show that the NSA is helping one of the world’s most brutal and repressive dictatorships – Saudi Arabia – to crush dissent.

A summary of Greenwald’s report:

“The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. The NSA’s formal “Third Party” relationship with the Saudis involves arming the MOI with highly advanced surveillance technology. The Saudi Ministry of Defense relies on the NSA for help with “signals analysis equipment upgrades, decryption capabilities and advanced training on a wide range of topics.”

Over the past year, the Saudi government has escalated its crackdown on activists, dissidents, and critics of the government. Bronze age punishments such as lashings and years in prison for writing dissenting blog posts are still inflicted on Saudis.

The government has taken away our liberties and destroyed our prosperity in order to fight an endless war on terror. Americans have become the most spied upon people in history. Never-ending war has destroyed our economy. And yet the government has been arming, funding and otherwise backing the very terrorists who are carrying out the biggest percentage of terror attacks.


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“How the NSA is Crushing Dissent at Home and Abroad — Even in Saudi Arabia”