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    NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed "disreputable," declassified documents revealed.

    The six-year spying program, dubbed "Minaret," had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance had been kept secret until now.

    The documents released Wednesday showed the NSA tracked King and his colleague Whitney Young, boxing star Ali, journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post, and two members of Congress, Senator Frank Church of Idaho and Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee.

    The declassified NSA historical account of the episode called the spying "disreputable if not outright illegal.".....snip~

    NSA spied on Martin Luther King
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    NSA spied on US Senators too. Which one of those Seantors was Frank Church.....who was responsible for limiting the NSA in the first place. Which came about after Church busted them out for going after him.

    The NSA was shut down in 1973.....I doubt they could get any to do that today. Most would have thought the NSA would have spied on King and Malcohm X.

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    NSA spied on US Senators too. Which one of those Seantors was Frank Church.....who was responsible for limiting the NSA in the first place. Which came about after Church busted them out for going after him.

    The NSA was shut down in 1973.....I doubt they could get any to do that today. Most would have thought the NSA would have spied on King and Malcohm X.

    I look at the NSA like I would a gun or other tool. When used properly it can yield very useful results, but in the wrong hands it can be used for horrible purposes. There is a use for it, but I feel in our partisan atmosphere we have, it needs to be limited.

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I look at the NSA like I would a gun or other tool. When used properly it can yield very useful results, but in the wrong hands it can be used for horrible purposes. There is a use for it, but I feel in our partisan atmosphere we have, it needs to be limited.
    Yea we wouldn't want a President to wield the IRS and the NSA like the Gestapo or anything

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I look at the NSA like I would a gun or other tool. When used properly it can yield very useful results, but in the wrong hands it can be used for horrible purposes. There is a use for it, but I feel in our partisan atmosphere we have, it needs to be limited.
    Looks like it needed to be limited back then. Church was a Democratic Senator and Baker a Repub. So even back then they were watching both sides of the Aisle.

    Course they are saying there was more use with the NSA during NAM and that the levels seen today don't measure up to then. Which I really don't believe that with more population and more involved into political issues.

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Looks like it needed to be limited back then. Church was a Democratic Senator and Baker a Repub. So even back then they were watching both sides of the Aisle.

    Course they are saying there was more use with the NSA during NAM and that the levels seen today don't measure up to then. Which I really don't believe that with more population and more involved into political issues.
    True, but again, it's a tool and it's how you use it. Some will use it for bad, but I don't fault the NSA as a tool though I fault the people abusing it. It's actually a very good program if used right.

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    How is this news? I heard about some of his phone calls being tapped by the FBI when I was in highschool a few years back.
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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    True, but again, it's a tool and it's how you use it. Some will use it for bad, but I don't fault the NSA as a tool though I fault the people abusing it. It's actually a very good program if used right.
    I can see keeping the NSA and getting rid of Homeland Security.....now that's where the waste is.

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    How is this news? I heard about some of his phone calls being tapped by the FBI when I was in highschool a few years back.
    The six-year spying program, dubbed "Minaret," had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance had been kept secret until now.....snip~

    Heya VB. They are saying it made the news due to who the targets were.

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    I can see keeping the NSA and getting rid of Homeland Security.....now that's where the waste is.
    True, I have no problem with HLS going bye bye.

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    Re: NSA spied on Martin Luther King.....

    Breaking news:

    NSA spied on George Washington before he became a general. Links to follow.
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