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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Who’s Afraid of Big Brother? | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Who’s Afraid of Big Brother?

Is the NSA wiretapping story really new? Sure, whistle blower Edward Snowden is all over the news. But people were talking about federal surveillance ten years before leaked documents about “Prism.” In this hour, we take a look at what we know about government surveillance and when we knew it.
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In this hour, let’s start with a little history about the National Security Agency. In 2003 journalist James Bamford talked with us about his latest book about the NSA. Back then, he said the general public didn’t know much about the National Security Agency, by design.

Next, What have the recent leaks about the NSA's surveillance program have revealed? Computer scientist and independent scholar Susan Landau gives us her perspective, and weighs in on the questions of inquiries, and checks and balances.

Then, in 2005, New York Times journalist Eric Lichtblau wrote a series of articles about the surveillance – without warrants – of some Americans’ international phone calls and e-mails. The Times won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting. In 2008, Steve asked Lichtblau about covering the NSA’s warrantless wire-tapping program.

After that, when is government surveillance appropriate? Shane Harris talks about the rise of American surveillance, cyber warfare and privacy.

Finally, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 went through the roof after the latest news about the NSA’s surveillance of Americans’ communications. What would defying state control look like these days? Writer and digital activist Cory Doctorow considered the question in his novel, Little Brother. [Broadcast Date: June 28, 2013]

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