Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show the FBI has been spying on Muslim American civil rights leaders, activists and lawyers, reports The Intercept.
Among those spied on are Faisal Gill, a Republican who served in the Department of Homeland Security under President Bush; Asim Ghafoor, an attorney who took on many terrorism cases; Hooshang Amirahmadi,a professor at Rutgers University; Agha Saeed, a former California State University professor who championed Muslim and Palestinian rights; and Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
In reaction to the report, South Asian Americans Leading Together or SAALT wrote a letter to President Obama calling for a “full public accounting of these practices and to strengthen protections against the infringement of civil liberties and human rights.
“In short, the government’s domestic counterterrorism policies treat entire minority communities as suspect, and American Muslims have borne the brunt of government suspicion, stigma and abuse.
You can read more about what’s in the Snowden documents and reaction to them in The Intercept.
You can also watch an interview from Intercept with one of those targeted in the operation, Faisal Gill, below.