Who are Al Qaeda’s known associates?

Bush goes on the defensive and claims the US government is not “mining or trolling through the personal lives of innocent Americans”. But he qualifies it with “Our efforts are focused on Al Qaeda and their known associates.” Who are Al Qaeda’s known associates? Other terrorist organizations? How does Bush and the White House define terrorist organizations?

If you’re a conservative American you might think the ACLU and the Democratic Party is a “known associate”. If you are a moderate or a conservative you might think Greenpeace, PETA, and the School of the Americas Watch are “known associates”. We know for a fact that those last three groups are under investigation by the FBI. How many more groups are being investigated by the US government or their corporate spying companies? How many people are suspected to be known associates or are suspected of aiding and abetting the enemy?

Via: NYTimes