The NSA has not stopped its quasi-constitutional surveillance. A recent report finds that the NSA and the FBI have been monitoring the emails of many prominent Muslim Americans - including college professors and state politicians. These are American citizens not foreign nationals and it often seems the only evidence of guilt is their Muslim name. Apparently the NSA is classifying many people with Muslim names as having "unknown" nationality - even when they've lived in the US for their entire lives (and this is the NSA; they clearly have access to the relevant info). Let's not forget that Muslim and American are not mutually exclusive. The NSA is not a wholly illegitimate entity and I respect the US government's interests in promoting and protecting national security - but vilifying every American with a Muslim name is morally abhorrent, unjust and also downright ineffective.
The Post noted that one of the tests that analysts used for whether someone was a “U.S. person” was if they had e-mails “written in a foreign language, a quality shared by tens of millions of Americans.” Asim Ghafoor, one of the targets whom the Intercept spoke to, noted that many other lawyers had Saudi clients, as he did. At some point, he imagined, someone at the N.S.A. would see a prominent person on a list and wonder, “Why are we tapping” this person: “But Asim Ghafoor—‘Oh, well he’s Muslim.’” Is this a problem with an American name?