Radio Times

US spying and the political fallout

October 30, 2013

Guests: David Sanger, Rachel Levinson-Waldman

New revelations that the National Security Agency monitored the cell phone conversations of Germany chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders has American allies in an uproar.  This new information came when the Guardian and Der Spiegel published the latest disclosures from Edward Snowden’s leaked files.  In Washington, the information ignited the debate over whether NSA surveillance activities should be put to rest.  We’ll talk about the political fallout with New York Times chief Washington correspondent, DAVID SANGER. Then, after 9/11, the government’s authority to collect information on American citizens was greatly expanded.  As a result, huge amounts of data exist on law-abiding citizens.  What does the government do with all this data?  For the answer to that question, we turn to RACHEL LEVINSON-WALDMAN of the Brennan Center for Justice.

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