Glenn Greenwald's latest scoop, reported and written with Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept, names five Muslim Americans who were spied on by the national-security state.
Faisal Gill is one of them. An American citizen, he came to the United States at age 8, "grew up in Northern Virginia, earned a law degree from American University in 1996, and joined the U.S. Navy." After 9/11, he joined the Bush administration, "eventually moving to the White House Office of Homeland Security, where he briefly worked with Richard Clarke and obtained a top-secret security clearance. After roughly a year, he joined the Department of Homeland Security as a senior policy adviser, where he was cleared to access sensitive compartmented information, a classification level reserved for some of the nation’s most closely held secrets."
Told by The Intercept that he was being spied upon, he agreed to an interview, in which he understandably felt impelled to defend his patriotism and character:
Consider some of his statements:
- "You should be active in your community. And I have done that. The fact that I was surveilled in spite of doing all that—it just goes to show you the hysteria that everybody feels."
- "I've never given a speech where I've said any ill feelings toward the United States."
- "I was a very conservative, Reagan-loving Republican."
- "I watch sports. I watch football. My kids are all raised here. My kids at that time went to Catholic school. It isn't as if I was raising them in a different way ..."