Thursday, March 06, 2014
Edward Snowden exposed the United States government’s mass surveillance programs in the most spectacular intelligence breach ever. Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. In The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Once a month, the military makes the people who are responsible for operating this nation's nuclear missile arsenal take a test, and they must score perfectly to keep their jobs. Now the Air Force has disclosed that 34 officers at Malstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been suspended for cheating on their proficiency test or not reporting cheating by others. Retired Air Force Colonel Randall Larsen joins The Takeaway to explain the details behind the controversy.
Friday, January 10, 2014
In an article for Foreign Policy’s ‘The Cable”, reporter John Hudson noted a substitution in the FBI’s fact sheet: its primary function had been changed from ‘law enforcement’ to ‘national security.’ Brooke talks to Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI, about this not so new mission statement.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
John Rizzo traces the CIA’s evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. In Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, he looks at the CIA in the years after the 9/11 attacks, when he served as the agency’s top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain the subject of intense debate today. He’s the first CIA official to ever describe what “black sites” look like from the inside, to discusses the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah, and address the enhanced interrogation program.
Friday, December 27, 2013
As we look back at 2013, perhaps the most important story of this year, if not of this decade, may be the revelations of the surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. It's a story that, thanks to Edward Snowden, has forever changed the way we Americans think about our privacy. Joel Brenner, Susan Crawford and Nita Farahany weigh in on changing norms of privacy when it comes to issues of the internet, medicine and national security.
Monday, December 16, 2013
On today’s show: New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza traces the history National Security Agency's intelligence programs since 9/11, and looks at efforts to get the N.S.A. to be more forthcoming about domestic spying programs. Will Forte talks about moving from SNL to co-star opposite Bruce Dern in Alexander Payne’s latest film "Nebraska." We’ll find out about an exhibition at the Neue Galerie of the pioneering abstract painter Vassily Kandinsky. Jamie Fellner of Human Rights Watch discusses how federal prosecutors coerce drug defendants to waive their right to a trial.
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.
Monday, December 02, 2013
There are at least 700,000 people on the U.S. terror watch list. For the many individuals it can be nearly impossible to challenge the designation. It's a watch list that very few people are actually watching. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Anya Bernstein, associated professor at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of “The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists.”
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Monday, December 02, 2013
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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Another peek into the NSA snooping scandal comes to us today via unsealed court documents in the case of Lavabit, a secure email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. That email service was run by Ladar Levison, an interesting character. He stopped by the New Tech City studios last week, donuts and Red Bull in hand.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser uncovers secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. His new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
With this week's terror alerts bringing al-Qaeda back into the spotlight, Dina Temple-Raston, NPR Counterterrorism and National Security correspondent, discusses the state of the organization, and why Yemen continues to be a hotspot.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Karen Greenberg, head of the Center on National Security at Fordham University discusses what practical changes to our government's surveillance systems that may restore a balance between privacy and security, from more oversight to limiting the number of people who have access to phone and email records. Plus: the latest on Edward Snowden, who has left the Moscow airport and been granted asylum by Russia.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The legality of waterboarding, the role of state-sponsored surveillance and the importance of whistle-blowers—those were just a few of the major questions thrown at James Comey before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey is President Obama's pick to lead the FBI. Former FBI Agent and Division Counsel Coleen Rowley thinks some of Comey's past positions deserve more scrutiny.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Another revelation has come to light surrounding the nature of U.S. spying programs as the G8 summit kicks off in Ireland. A document disclosed by Edward Snowden, the leaker of the N.S.A. surveillance programs, reveals that American and British intelligence agencies eavesdropped on world leaders at 2009 conferences in London. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains how this will affect the G8 summit and U.S. diplomatic relations.