NSA Spied On MLK, US Senators And Other Vietnam War Critics, Documents Show

Agency’s self-proclaimed ‘disreputable if not outright illegal’ practices threaten civil liberties then and now, critics warn.

President Lyndon Johnson shakes hands with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., after handing him one of the pens used in signing the Civil Rights Act of July 2, 1964 at the White House in Washington. The anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday falls in the month of January. (Photo by U.S. Embassy New Delhi)

NSA documents that were declassified this week show that the agency—which has come under increased scrutiny for its dragnet surveillance practices—heavily surveilled and tapped the phones of high-profile critics of the Vietnam War, including Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and two U.S. senators including Idaho Democrat Frank Church. These

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The Best Stories On The Government’s Growing Surveillance

Following the revelation of the NSA’s access to Verizon users’ data, here are some equally damning reports that came out in the past few years.

On Wednesday, the Guardian published documents revealing the government has been collecting months’ worth of telephone “metadata” on millions of Verizon customers. The Washington Post and the Guardian followed with news that both the National Security Agency and the FBI have been pulling Americans’ data from major web companies like Facebook and

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