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January 24 2014

03:46

January 16 2014

07:01

NSA Reform And Resistance

Reforming the NSA. The President prepares to speak. The whole world is waiting to hear. We’ll go to Washington, Silicon Valley and beyond.

The cover story of the February 2014 issue of

The cover story of the February 2014 issue of “WIRED” (shown here) focuses on how NSA push back nearly “killed” public trust in technology. (courtesy WIRED Magazine)

Guests

Siobhan Gorman, terrorism, counter-terrorism and intelligence reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (@Gorman_Siobhan)

Steven Levy, senior staffwriter for Wired. Author of “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives” and “Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy In the Digital Age.” (@StevenLevy)

From Tom’s Reading List

Wired: How The N.S.A. Almost Killed The Internet — “If the net were seen as a means of widespread surveillance, the resulting paranoia might affect the way people used it. Nations outraged at US intelligence-gathering practices used the disclosures to justify a push to require data generated in their countries to remain there, where it could not easily be hoovered by American spies. Implementing such a scheme could balkanize the web, destroying its open essence and dramatically raising the cost of doing business. Silicon Valley was reeling, collateral damage in the war on terror. And it was only going to get worse.”

The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Debate Overhauls to NSA Spying Programs — “The divide Tuesday on Capitol Hill—over just how far changes should go—raises the stakes for President Barack Obama as he prepares a Friday morning speech on his response to a domestic and international furor over disclosures by former NSA contractorEdward Snowden about U.S. surveillance practices. While Mr. Obama isn’t obligated to accept any of his review panel’s recommendations, its report has defined the range of potential changes. Mr. Obama now is in the position of accepting or rejecting each of the recommendations and explaining his decisions to sharply opposed camps.”

National Journal: NSA Unleashed, Obama Tells Public, ‘Trust Me’ — “Nearly six months ago, President Obama sought to temper outrage over the nation’s mushrooming surveillance programs by pledging new steps to balance privacy and safety. ‘It’s not enough for me, as president, to have confidence in these programs,’ he said. ‘The American people need to have confidence in them as well.’ In other words, no government, not even one led by a liberal constitutional lawyer, can shield bad policies with empty promises. It’s not enough to say, ‘Trust us,’ while curbing sacred liberties — and yet that still appears to be Obama’s position.”

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January 08 2014

22:28

Drones Flying the Friendly Skies

As the US is reeling from disclosures about NSA eavesdropping on Americans, will commercial drones create fears of more snooping, this time from the skies over http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/tp/tp140108drones_flying_the_fr

December 04 2013

21:25

Is the Digital Currency Bitcoin Going Mainstream?

Bitcoins are worth a total of $1 billion, not bad for a virtual currency that's four years old and not backed by a central bank. We hear more about the future http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/tp/tp131204is_the_digital_curre

July 18 2013

15:04

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January 28 2012

23:38

Audio: Regional Implications of the Conflict in Somalia | Center for Strategic and International Studies

January 10 2012

19:08

CSIS: The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West

The events of 9/11 spotlighted for the world Al Qaeda's transformation from a small band of revolutionary terrorists attacking Western targets in the Middle East to a highly organized group effecting deadly attacks on a global scale.

June 03 2011

20:31

Can single individuals still shape history? The Case of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was one of America's most formidable and implacable enemies. And yet no one has written a serious assessment of his influence over world events in the last decade. Michael Scheuer; a former head of CIA's Osama bin Laden Unit provides an objective and authoritative portrait of bin Laden. Michael Scheuer was the chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and remained a counterterrorism analyst until 2004. He is the author of many books, including Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terrorism. His latest book is Osama Bin Laden.

February 10 2011

20:20

How Tough Is it to Build a Dirty Bomb? | PBS NewsHour | Feb. 8, 2011 | PBS

Science correspondent Miles O'Brien examines the threat that radioactive "dirty bombs"could pose to cities in the U.S., and what's being done to prevent a radiological attack from happening. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june11/dirtybombs_02-08.html

September 14 2010

02:45

Inside American Islam

Top Islam expert Akbar Ahmed. He just visited one hundred mosques in America. We get his report.

August 24 2010

23:08

Imam, Preacher, Rabbi on Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

A preacher, a rabbi, and an imam talk about faith relations in America as the debate over the Manhattan Islamic center rolls on.

July 02 2010

20:21

Jessica Stern on Terror, Trauma and Memory

Super terrorism watcher Jessica Stern is one of the world’s top experts on evil and terror. Now she shares the painful connection between her career choice and personal life. Guest: Jessica Stern, lecturer at Harvard University and a member of the Hoover Institute Task Force on National Security and Law. She has served as a staff member [...]
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