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NSA Surveillance: The debate over security and privacy

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File: A computer workstation bears the National Security Agency (NSA) logo inside the Threat Operations Center inside the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland, intelligence gathering operation Jan. 25, 2006. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

This week, President Obama is expected to outline proposed changes to the government's surveillance program, including its bulk collection of phone and data records.

Preliminary details of his proposal were leaked to the New York Times by sources familiar with the plan. Ali Watkins, who covers intelligence for McClatchy Newspapers, joins the show to review what is known about the president's forthcoming plan.

Meanwhile, privacy advocates have raised concern about the NSA's programs, supporters — including those inside the White House — have said the programs are important tools in stopping terrorist attacks on the US.

For more on this we're joined by Lee Hamilton, former congressman who was the co-chair of the 9/11 Commission and is currently the Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University.   

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