Obama, Congress and the Surveillance State
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The latest leaks on US intelligence came from a former intelligence agent now hiding in Hong Kong. The leaker is 29-year old Edward Snowden, who worked for the CIA and as a contractor for the National Security Agency. Everyone's astonished at the personal data now in government hands. On Reporter's Notebook, what may be the world's largest art factory — in North Korea.
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Obama, Congress and the Surveillance State ()
Britain's Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post broke the stories last week about the National Security Agency collecting metadata on virtually every phone call made in this country and overseas and on Internet communications overseas. The leaker is 29-year old Edward Snowden, who worked for the CIA and as a contractor for the National Security Agency, and is now hiding out in Hong Kong. Privacy advocates are outraged over the revelations, and everybody's astonished at the volume of phone calls and personal data now in government hands. Many members of Congress say 'they didn't know', although President Obama insists that they did. Is there a violation of constitutional rights? Has he vastly expanded practices begun by President Bush — and which he denounced during his own campaign for the White House?
- Josh Meyer: Northwestern University, @JoshMeyerDC
- David Cole: Georgetown University Law School, @DavidColeGtown
- Robert Turner: University of Virginia Law School, @UVALaw
- John Dean: Counsel to then-President Richard Nixon, @JohnWDean
- Julian Sanchez: Cato Institute, @normative
North Korea's Monument Factory ()
For the first time in six years, leaders in North and South Korea will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday. They're scheduled to talk about reopening a joint industrial complex in the North. In the meantime, Bloomberg's BusinessWeek is reporting on another North Korean enterprise. Reporter Caroline Winter has more on the Mansudae Art Studio, which may be the world's largest art factory.
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