AirTalk for January 17, 2014

President Obama unveils recommendations for NSA reform

President Obama Delivers Speech On U.S. Signals Intelligence Programs

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) at the Justice Department, on January 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama outlined new changes to the agency's most controversial surveillance practices.

The Edward Snowden files have exposed the depth and breadth of U.S. surveillance efforts in the wake of 9/11 domestically and abroad, at the same time casting the heretofore ultra-secretive National Security Agency into the public spotlight.

Almost six months after details of the PRISM cellphone metadata collection program were leaked, President Obama today has announced steps to change several aspects of how the NSA would collect and store phone records and other information that would nonetheless leave the existing programs largely intact.

Should these surveillance programs be scrapped altogether? Should they be left untouched and intact?

Guests:

Rebecca Sinderbrand, Deputy White House Editor for POLITICO

Adam Schiff, Democratic Congressman representing the 29th District, which include Atwater Village, Burbank and West Hollywood

Robert Turner, Associate Director of the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia

 


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