Ryan Lizza on the NSA's "State of Deception"

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza traces the history of the National Security Agency’s intelligence programs, from 9/11 to today. For his latest article, “State of Deception.” He speaks with key players in the intelligence community, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Ron Wyden, and Matthew G. Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and a key member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has for years been fighting to get the N.S.A. to be more forthcoming about domestic spy programs. Lizza looks at how the leaks from Edward Snowden may provide the momentum for changing the law.


Ryan Lizza

Comments [11]

Dan from NJ

Leonard, this must be some kind of joke..Are you really trying to now blame Obama's improprieties on Bush? Obama has been in office for six years, when will the left let him own up to his own deceitful mistakes.

Dec. 16 2013 12:38 PM

All the progressive initiatives notwithstanding I am beginning to feel that the legacy of this president's 2 administrations will be most of all diminishing faith in government through his surveillance of communications, and giving misinformation about his Affordable Care Act, among others. This plays into the hands, for instance, of those who think everybody should have a gun in his closet. As an upper west side liberal, I am afraid it will turn out to be true that he was not ready to be President of the United States.

Dec. 16 2013 12:35 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

No excuse for Obama. He broke his word, ignored the constitution and escalated the war in Afghanistan.

Dec. 16 2013 12:33 PM
mick from Inwood

Encryption technology exists that would allow the NSA or another government entity to hold and search on all aggregated phone data but not to read the specifics of any one person's files the agency requests and is awarded the decryption key, ideally from a FISA court or another court. Why doesn't this kind of solution get mentioned in the media? The problem is basically technological and so a technological solution should be most appropriate.

Dec. 16 2013 12:22 PM
John A

One thing I face while voting, CK, is the impression that the republican candidate will do no better.
[ So Tim Calhoun looks like a better choice than ever. :) ]

Dec. 16 2013 12:21 PM
tom from astoria

Is the public incenced? Here's a liberal member of the public who is NOT overly concerned" If I google "bedbugs" once, I get 25 ads on my browser for exterminators. So what's the big deal if the NSA is following people who google "explosives," or "How to Build a Bomb"? I want them to eavesdrop on potential terrorists. Snowen sheltered by Putin and CHINA! give me a break

Dec. 16 2013 12:18 PM
CK from Yorktown

I get how the programs started but Obama is in his second term. This isn't something you can pin on Bush.

Dec. 16 2013 12:11 PM
John A

And of course the Drone program, which he supports wholeheartedly, started as a surveillance program - if you could somehow get there Leonard.

Dec. 16 2013 12:10 PM

The only "opposition", Obama ever made to surveillance programs were disingenuous primary speeches, as his FISA flip made clear to anyone who was paying attention.

Dec. 16 2013 12:10 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Forget Orwell's "1984." That's the past. Think Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" for that is the future. I read both in the 8th grade back in 1958 and immediately realized it.

Dec. 16 2013 12:04 PM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes, NJ

Big Brother

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
— George Orwell, 1984.

The leak about the NSA collecting metadata (who you called, not what you said) about your phone calls and e-mails has caused a spike in sales of 1984, George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel of an all-controlling government where Big Brother knows everything you do, say, and think.

A June, 2013 Rasmussen poll found that 68% of people believe that the government is listening to their phone calls.
Big Brother knows you bought 1984, too.

Dec. 16 2013 11:39 AM

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