The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the unmasking of American citizens. Last month, Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had read his emails, “unmasked” him, and leaked his information to the media. The NSA publicly denied the accusation and said that Carlson “has never been an intelligence target.”
Tucker said that he had been in the
process of trying to arrange an interview with Russian President Vladimir
Putin. Carlson said that he had learned the previous day that “sources in the
so-called intelligence community told at least one reporter in Washington what
was in those emails, my emails.” Later, the NSA admitted quietly that they had “unmasked”
the Carlson’s identity and leaked information just as he alleged earlier. Mary
Kay Linge wrote
the following about the situation for The New York Post.
Two sources told The Record Friday that,
according to an internal NSA investigation, Carlson’s name was revealed after
it was mentioned in “communications between two parties” that were under
But the host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”
was neither a direct nor an incidental target of the agency, the sources said.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s claims
about being “unmasked” were confirmed by an NSA investigation, according to
According to Linge, “unmasking”
takes place when the intelligence community “allows national security officials
to see the identities of American citizens who correspond with foreigners under
surveillance.” This term became familiar to Americans when Michael Flynn was
unmasked by the Obama administration as part of the FBI’s Russia investigation.
According to the law, Americans are supposed to be protected from the view of
the spy agencies. Plus, the revealing to the public of any “unmasked” names is
Fred Lucas at The Daily Signal noted
that mainstream media seems to have a different attitude about the Carlson
unmasking than they had when the phone records of their own reporters became
part of an investigation.
The New York Times, The Washington Post,
and CNN strongly objected and protested when the Trump administration obtained
reporters’ phone records as part of an investigation into the leak of
Yet those same news organizations aren’t
willing to stand with popular Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson, who the
National Security Agency “unmasked” during the early moths of the Biden
It appears from Lucas’s article that
each news agency is willing to stand up and scream about governmental abuse when
its own reporters are surveilled, but they do not seem to care that much when
the reporters of another agency are “unmasked” or otherwise watched. Therefore,
the governmental misuse of power will most likely continue simply because news
agencies will not stand together against the government.