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NSA Leaker Thomas Drake on Snowden's Case

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What might have happened if the former defense contractor Ed Snowden had decided to stay here and taken up his complaint within the official chain of command? It's what former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, one of Snowden's idols, did. After 9/11, Drake became uncomfortable about the agency’s top-secret counterterrorism programs. He grew to believe that the NSA’s actions, which included warrantless wiretapping “subverted the Constitution.” He joins us today to discuss Snowden and his NSA concerns.

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The Takeaway

WikiLeaks Supports Snowden

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The case of Edward Snowden, the former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who leaked classified information on mass NSA surveillance projects, continues to unfold—and grows more complicated each day. WikiLeaks has stated that it has become involved in advising Snowden. Kristinn Hrafnsson,a spokesperson for WikiLeaks, explains his organization's involvement in the case.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Snowden, Surveillance, and Border Security

Monday, June 24, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong and is reportedly headed for asylum in Ecuador (via Cuba). Meanwhile, the conversation over the impact of the surveillance tactics employed by the US government continues, including a heated exchange over the role of journalists on Meet the Press yesterday (see video below). Plus: an immigration bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate this week, but the arguing over border security provisions may hold up its passage or stall it in the House. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington.

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Studio 360

Big Brother in the Era of Big Data

Friday, June 21, 2013

In the days following this month’s NSA leaks, with polls indicating that half of the country was willing to trade privacy for safety, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 skyrocketed. CNN reported that copies sold increased by 10,000% several days after the leaks came to light ...

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On The Media

How Do We Have a National Conversation?

Friday, June 21, 2013

This week, President Obama told Charlie Rose that he would like to have a national conversation about government surveillance. Brooke explores what it means to truly have a "national conversation" with the American Library Association's Lynne Bradley, the Constitution Project's Sharon Bradford Franklin, and California Congressman Henry Waxman.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Privacy in an Age of Publicity

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jill Lepore traces the history of privacy in America. Her article “The Prism” appears in the June 24 issue of The New Yorker.

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WNYC News

FBI: NSA Surveillance Helped Stop 2 NYC Terror Plots

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The NSA's controversial surveillance programs are being credited with helping to stop two separate terror plots in New York City, government officials testified on Tuesday.

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New Tech City

Remaking NSA Prism PowerPoint

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The following blog post is by New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi.

Imagine this: You flash your top-level security badge, settle into a government conference room as the lights dim and begin to watch a slideshow explaining the latest NSA surveillance plan, code-named PRISM.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

James Bamford on General Alexander, Head of the NSA

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wired magazine’s James Bamford talks about General Keith Alexander, a four-star Army general who’s the director of the National Security Agency, chief of the Central Security Service, and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. Bamford looks at General Alexander’s power and the secret military he runs in his article “The Secret War,” in Wired magazine.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The NSA Has Your Selfies Edition

Saturday, June 15, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the oversight of the National Security Agency’s secret intelligence-gathering efforts. Plus, they talk about a New York Times photo tour of Beastie Boy Mike D’s new home in Brooklyn—a piece that incited a rousing email debate within the Slate office.

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The Takeaway

Presidential Elections in Iran, Daniel Ellsberg Discusses Snowden, Mozart's Violin Visits The Takeaway

Friday, June 14, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg Discusses Snowden N.S.A. Leak | Ambivalence Among Iranian Voters Ahead of Elections | Mozart Never Made it to the U.S., but his Violin Finally Has | Patents On Genes Ruled Unconstitutional | New Movie Releases: "The Bling Ring," "This is the End," "Man of Steel" | Chemical Weapons Confirmed in Syria | Lessons Learned From Losing a Father

The New Yorker: Political Scene

Jane Mayer and James Surowiecki on government secrets and privacy.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jane Mayer and James Surowiecki on government secrets and privacy.

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The Takeaway

How Much Did Congress Know About N.S.A. Surveillance?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

According to President Obama, even if you didn't know about the N.S.A.'s phone-and-Internet data collection programs your Congressman did. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich has been making the rounds on the Hill to find out who knew and who says they didn't know about the program.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did Intelligence Director Clapper Lie About Spying?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, discusses statements by National Intelligence Director James Clapper about the extent of electronic surveillance, and whether he lied under oath. Plus, what Edward Snowden's latest disclosure, to a Chinese newspaper, means for his credibility and legal status.

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WNYC News

Orwell's 1984 Gets Sales Bump Following Government Spying Reports

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

George Orwell’s novel, 1984, is experiencing a bump in sales since news broke that the National Security Agency has been monitoring people’s phone records.

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The Takeaway

Are we in the Midst of an Orwellian Moment?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Since learning about the National Security Agency’s data collection plan, we’ve heard the word “Orwellian” thrown around twitter, television, and the blogosphere. But is the term “Orwellian” being over-used? Is it even being used correctly?

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The Takeaway

Are Too Many People Issued 'Top-Secret' Security Clearances?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Edward Snowden, the Booz Allen Hamilton employee who exposed the N.S.A.’s phone and internet surveillance programs, had “top-secret” security clearance. There are more than 4.9 million individuals who have security clearance, and over 1.4 million of those are “top-secret.” John Schindler, a former N.S.A. intelligence analyst, discusses how security clearance works, and the risks associated with so many workers having access to secret information.

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The Takeaway

Did We Give The Government Permission to Spy on Us?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In the days since Edward Snowden leaked details about the National Security Agency’s data collecting program, we’ve seen editorialists and average Americans expressing outrage over what’s been called a government breach of privacy. But entrepreneur and Silicon Valley insider Steve Blank says we shouldn’t be surprised.

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The Takeaway

European Union Angered by N.S.A. PRISM Program

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

There are now concerns that the N.S.A. PRISM program could complicate talks for a free trade agreement between the E.U. and the U.S. Talks were expected to be launched next month. The news of the PRISM program has, for some European lawmakers, transformed troubling demands from American businesses for less restrictive data requirements into unacceptable data hoarding by the US government. Sophie in’t Veld, a Dutch member of the European Parliament explains why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Understanding the National-Secrecy-Complex

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Edward Snowden was a contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton when he accessed NSA intelligence information and leaked it to The Guardian and The Washington PostMarc Ambinder, editor-at-large at The Week and author of the book Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, discusses the state of national security infrastructure -- and how "secret" something can be if a contractor has access to it.

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