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Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Obama Vague On Details In His Intelligence Proposals

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Intelligence officials, civil libertarians, technology executives, and foreign leaders: All of them had something at stake Friday when President Obama laid out his ideas for reforming the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The president sought to balance security and privacy concerns in his speech.

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Global Internet Infrastructure Makes It Hard To Reel In Spying

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The NSA has apparently figured out a secret way to tap into the links between Internet users and Google and Yahoo data centers overseas. The companies say they didn't give the NSA permission, and they are angry. Because the data centers are located outside the United States, the NSA may not be bound by the same laws that govern domestic surveillance. The case shows how difficult it is for policymakers and legislators to oversee NSA surveillance activities.

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Intelligence Officials Defend Spying On Allies

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

U.S. intelligence officials are defending their surveillance operations carried out in allied countries. Testifying on Capitol Hill, they said reports that the NSA intercepted phone calls of European citizens are "completely false" and based on a misreading of the leaked documents on which the reports were based. They did not deny monitoring the communications of European leaders, saying such intelligence-gathering is normal.

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Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The government shutdown didn't help the U.S. on the world stage. But when it comes to political dysfunction, the U.S. is far from alone.

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You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The revelations by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has raised many complicated issues. NPR's national security correspondent Tom Gjelten answers questions submitted by NPR listeners and readers.

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Firms Brace For Possible Retaliatory Cyberattacks From Syria

Friday, August 30, 2013

Cybersecurity consultants say their phones are ringing off the hook, with U.S. companies fearing that if it comes to an attack on Syria, they could find themselves on the front lines.

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Leaked Documents Reveal Budget Breakdown Between CIA, NSA

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Details of the top secret budget of U.S. intelligence agencies have been made public — revealing not only that the nation spends more than $50 billion a year on intelligence but also some detail about how that money is spent. The Washington Post published excerpts of a 2013 budget justification obtained from the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. In the past, the total amount spent on intelligence has been declassified by the U.S. government. The document reveals not only which agency spends the money but also what missions are top priority.

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Proposed Strikes Against Syria May Have Too Narrow A Purpose

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama administration says any military action in Syria would not be intended to bring the war to an end, to overthrow Bashar Assad or even help the opposition. Officials say the goal would be to show the Assad regime that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

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Did Publicizing The Terror Alert In Yemen Help?

Friday, August 23, 2013

The partial reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, which was the focus of a recent terror alert, suggests that the immediate threat of a terrorist attack has passed. Officials cannot be certain whether the alert disrupted planning for a possible attack, whether the threat was a bluff or whether the intelligence that led to the alert was flawed. The issuance of warnings is a specialty within the intelligence community, but the recent episode underscores how much uncertainty surrounds the field.

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FISA Court: NSA Surveillance Program Was Unconstitutional

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The National Security Agency illegally collected emails of tens of thousands of Americans. The numbers are revealed in a newly declassified secret court opinion. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found the collection of those emails unconstitutional and ordered the NSA to fix the problem.

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Secret Ruling Found NSA's Surveillance Violated Constitution

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The U.S. intelligence community is releasing a secret court opinion concerning an National Security Agency surveillance program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court opinion is known to have found the NSA program unlawful. But civil liberties advocates have called for it to be made public.

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NSA Accused Of Repeatedly Violating Privacy Rules

Friday, August 16, 2013

Documents released to the Washington Post by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden show the agency overstepped privacy rules.

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The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ten years after a cascading power outage across a broad section of the U.S. and Canada, utility operators and regulators are concerned about another blackout scenario: a massive cyberattack that could threaten the U.S. electric grid.

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Which Citizens Are Under More Surveillance, U.S. Or European?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

European leaders were outraged over revelations of NSA surveillance. But in many countries, wiretapping by law enforcement agencies is legal and privacy safeguards are weaker. Still, comparisons can be misleading.

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Obama Administration Caught In The Middle On Iran

Friday, July 26, 2013

The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president has presented the Obama administration with a policy challenge. Rouhani was the most moderate of the presidential contenders, and analysts see improved chances for breaking the impasse over Iran's nuclear program. But Congress is moving in the other direction, enacting even tougher sanctions. The Obama administration seems caught in the middle.

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U.S. Worries NSA Leaker's Files Could Be Hacked

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Russian lawyer for NSA leaker Edward Snowden predicts his client will soon get temporary asylum in Russia. Snowden and his allies say his laptops contain files that could be highly damaging to NSA operations. Security experts say it would be challenging but by no means impossible for Russian (or Chinese) cyber technicians to gain access to the files Snowden has with him, in spite of his promises to safeguard them.

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Panama Searches Impounded North Korean Cargo Ship

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Authorities in Panama are continuing to search the North Korean cargo ship stopped last week as it moved through the Panama Canal. A search of the ship, which came from Cuba, found aircraft and missile parts hidden under thousands of bags of Cuban sugar.

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What Missile Shipment Says About Cuba-North Korea Relations

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Many questions are raised by the discovery of missile parts in a North Korean ship coming from Cuba and passing through the Panama Canal. Cuban authorities acknowledge sending the parts, but they do not explain why they are doing business with North Korea. The incident sheds some light on two of the most isolated regimes on the planet and what political and commercial ties may bind them.

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Retired Marine General Target Of Leak Investigation

Friday, June 28, 2013

The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a target of an investigation into the leak of classified information. Justice Department officials tell NPR that retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright has been told he's being investigated as part of a probe into the disclosure of a U.S. role in a covert cyber attack against an Iranian nuclear facility. That information was disclosed in a New York Times article in 2012.

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Defense Officials Indicate NSA Leaks Have Had Consequences

Friday, June 28, 2013

Washington is still trying to determine how much damage has been done as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance. Snowden allegedly encrypted the files he took with him, but some officials fear Chinese or Russian intelligence services gained access to Snowden's computers.

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