Syria Hit List Targets Thousands

—By Hamed Aleaziz

| Mon Feb. 27, 2012 8:01 AM PST
Syrian protesters in May 2011 Syria-Frames-Of-Freedom/Flickr

A 718-page digital document obtained by Mother Jones contains names, phone numbers, neighborhoods, and alleged activities of thousands of dissidents apparently targeted by the Syrian government. Three experts asked separately by Mother Jones to examine the document—essentially a massive spreadsheet, whose contents are in Arabic—say they believe that it is authentic. As Bashar al-Assad’s military continues a deadly crackdown on dissent inside the country, the list appears to confirm in explicit detail the scale of the regime’s domestic surveillance and its methodical efforts to destroy widespread opposition.

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