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The Source: This Week In Government Spying

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The NSA has been scooping up large amounts of data from U.S. citizens who have no connection to investigations, according to the Washington Post. In addition, reportedly the agency has been monitoring prominent Muslim-American leaders and some are alleging that in at least one case it was without a warrant.

Finally, several tech reporters are noting that internet users attempting to make their browsing and email more private are being flagged by the NSA. The exposure of the government's Xkeyscore system by foreign media has revealed users of popular privacy enhancements like TOR, which allows people to browse the web anonymously, or the privacy-centric Tails Linux-based operating system have been targeted. Some have reported that even searching for privacy tools will get your IP address recorded.

Where are we heading in the debate over internet-privacy? What should we come to expect? What accountability is there for security officials who have been less than truthful about what the NSA was doing?


  • Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice (@FaizaPatelBCJ)
  • Nadia Kayyali, activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (@nadiakayyali)

*This is the first segment in the July 10 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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