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NSA reportedly watching porn over Islamist shoulders


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NSA reportedly watching porn over Islamist shoulders

‘American conservatism is counting on Islamic conservatism to undermine the moral reputations of those who preach against the US. Piety and pornography should make odd bedfellows.’

This is what the National Security Agency is alleged to believe, according to information currently making the media rounds – leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

America’s official motto is “In God we trust”. The Muslim faithful pledge obeisance to omnipotence with the phrase Allāhu Akbar (“God is Great”). The spying agency assumes that right-minded people find consumption of Internet porn not to be compatible with true virtues and values.

The report says the NSA considered making public the virtual visits to porn sites of five non-Americans and one so-called ‘US person’ – all of whom the agency identified as using social media to incite terrorism. The idea was supposed to convey that these Muslim “radicalisers” were hypocrites and so other Muslims should not listen to them.

The Huffington Post cites leaked documents dated October 3, 2012. The American online news organ said a National Intelligence Director defended the use of all lawful tools to prevent violence.

In contrast, the American Civil Liberties Union, Huff Post said, likened “these kinds of tactics [to] the secret police services of authoritarian governments.”

NSA sceptics and supporter and defenders of freedom of thought will find plenty to argue about whether private viewing of sexually explicit material online somehow contravenes public statements hailing righteous Islam and calling for the destruction of America as an enemy.

Meanwhile, in other news raising concern over moral control of public image consumption and degeneracy, soap operas made in Turkey that show plenty of skin, are selling well in much more conservative Pakistan.

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