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NSA Director Denies Data Mining

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about National Intelligence Director James Clapper's statement that NSA surveillance is "fully debated and authorized by Congress."

Watchdog Agency Could Keep NSA In Check, Once It Gets Going

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is tasked with making sure that secret government surveillance programs aren't abused. It was created in 2004, but still doesn't even have a website or email.

Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over NSA Programs

The news that the National Security Agency has been collecting reams of telephone data and internet surfing both at home and abroad has rattled civil liberties groups. Amid the concerns about privacy and possible abuse, the revelations are an indication of something important: the intelligence community's move into the new frontier of Big Data.

Week In News: Spying Suspicions Come To Light

Revelations this week that the National Security Agency has been running an extensive domestic surveillance program involving companies like Google, Facebook and Apple has caused many Americans to ask what's left of their privacy. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic.