Virtually Private

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Today on NPR’s On Point radio program with host Tom Ashbrook (i.e., one of the two best news/talk radio programs on the planet):

Surveillance, National Security And The Constitution (listen to it online any time)

Excerpt from the show’s website:


Glenn Greenwald, lawyer, journalist, blogger, and author. He broke the story of NSA surveillance of phone records and Internet activity that has become headline news around the world for the Guardian. He’s on the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation along with Daniel Ellsberg, John Perry Barlow and John Cusack. (@ggreenwald)

Steven Bucci, director of foreign policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, and an expert on cyber security there. Formerly deputy director of the IBM Institute for Advanced Security. He was deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense under Donald Rumsfeld, and held several positions at the Pentagon during the Bush years. (@sbucci)

From Tom’s Reading List:

The Guardian: NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden [VIDEO]

The Guardian: Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data – “The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications. The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.”

USA Today: Parts of NSA’s PRISM program declassified – “The National Security Agency’s classified PRISM program is an internal government computer system used to manage foreign intelligence collected from Internet and other electronic service providers, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement Saturday. The disclosure Saturday marks the most extensive explanation the government has offered of what the program is, how it works and what it is authorized to collect.”

Associated Press: NSA: The Finder and Keeper of Countless US Secrets — “An email, a telephone call or even the murmur of a conversation captured by the vibration of a window — they’re all part of the data that can be swept up by the sophisticated machinery of the National Security Agency. Its job is to use the world’s most cutting edge supercomputers and arguably the largest database storage sites to crunch and sift through immense amounts of data. The information analyzed might be stolen from a foreign official’s laptop by a CIA officer overseas, intercepted by a Navy spy plane flying off the Chinese coast, or, as Americans found out this past week, gathered from U.S. phone records.”

The Fourth Amendment

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

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