The continuing drip of revelations about NSA spying continues to provoke outrage around the world. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore puts that outrage in historical context. She tells The Record's David Hyde that the modern concept of a right to privacy is a relatively new concept. And Lepore says the assertion of privacy rights always follows the rise of new technologies that have already invaded our privacy.
Reports that the United States has been spying on our European allies has caused outrage in the region. According to documents leaked to The Guardian by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, the NSA has monitored the phone conversations of up to 35 world leaders.
The European Union held a council meeting yesterday and today in Brussels. The original purpose of the meeting was to discuss the economy and job growth, but that was quickly overshadowed by talk of security and trust. Allies spying on allies is nothing new, so why the anger about the revelations? Charles Kupchan, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains why this time is different and what the diplomatic fallout will be for the United States.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has decided to postpone her state visit to the US next month. This decision comes after the revelation that the NSA had spied on Rousseff and her government. President Obama said in a statement yesterday that he “understands and regrets the concerns disclosers of alleged US intelligence activities have generated in Brazil.”
Facebook and Yahoo have joined Microsoft and Google in asking the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to tell the public about personal information they give to spy agencies.
The big four companies are responding to persistent reports that spy agencies are using them to grab users’ personal information.
In the FISA court filings, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and Google say their reputations have been damaged. They say only a small part of Internet traffic is being handed to spy agencies, and they want to give the public information to correct the record.
The Justice Department says it can’t allow that for national security reasons.
The companies say that gag order violates their free-speech rights. Microsoft and Google are asking the FISA court to allow oral arguments so that they can argue their case in public.
Reports from the New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica cast light on how spy agencies are obtaining private data. The news organizations say the US National Security Agency is using covert partnerships with technology companies to weaken encryption software.
"When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they are going to be stunned, and they are going to be angry," said Oregon Senator Ron Wyden on the Senate floor in May, 2011. He was referencing the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance program.
President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at noon P.T. — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden started spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.
Clint Dempsey Joins The Sounders Fans of Seattle soccer were treated to a welcome surprise at the start of Saturday's game against Dallas. Clint Dempsey, captain of the US Men's National Team and player for Tottenham in England announced he would be joining the Seattle Sounders. We talk with Steve Clare, president of the North American Soccer Reporters and editor of Prost Amerika Soccer about what this means for the MLS and the Sounders.
Understanding US-Russian Relations The diplomatic relationship between Russia and the United States was strained long before President Vladimir Putin granted a one year asylum to NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. Dr. Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University, explains the long history and current conflict between the two nations.
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