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The Effects Of The Snowden Leaks Aren't What He Intended

Critics of the NSA's secret surveillance hoped the debate that followed Edward Snowden's leaks would prompt the NSA to rethink the operation. Instead, one of the most noticeable effects so far has been a diversion of resources away from intelligence missions toward assessing damage from the leaks.
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Is Public Numb To Mass Shootings?

Thirteen people died earlier this week during a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. But some people are saying the tragedy didn't get enough attention and Americans are becoming desensitized to mass shootings. Host Michel Martin asks the Barbershop guys what they think. Culture critic Jimi Izrael, law professor Paul Butler, writer Mario Loyola and youth mentor Farajii Muhammad weigh in.
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FBI Chief: Gunman Was 'Wandering Around Looking For People To Shoot'

In his first remarks to reporters since taking office this month, FBI Director Jim Comey addressed security concerns following the Navy Yard shootings that left 13 people dead. He also talked about sequestration and leaks on government surveillance programs.
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ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online

Document requests by the ACLU of Northern California have produced an inside look at the records of suspicious activity reports gathered by federal authorities. The feds appear to be keeping files on people based on tips that fall far below the threshold of reasonable suspicion.
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Around The World, Gun Ownership And Firearms Deaths Go Together

An analysis of gun ownership, crime and mental illness in 27 countries found that firearms deaths were more strongly associated with how many people own guns. The rate of mental illness appeared only weakly correlated with firearms deaths.
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Officials: Edward Snowden's Leaks Were Masked By Job Duties

Investigators have a good idea what documents NSA leaker Edward Snowden got and how he got them. Officials now tell NPR that he had access to a file-sharing site on the NSA's internal website, and it was actually his responsibility to move sensitive documents to a more secure location.
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FISA Court Backs NSA Program Of Phone Data Collection

A special federal surveillance court has reaffirmed the constitutionality of a National Security Agency program that collects data about most of the nation's phone traffic. NPR's Larry Abramson reports that the court says the records of phone metadata are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.
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Alleged Navy Yard Shooter Got Clearances Despite Troubled Past

Aaron Alexis, who police say killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, had a troubled service record and showed signs of mental instability. But the former Navy reservist's past did not prevent him from obtaining a secret-level security clearance or access card.
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How Can Latinos Get More Political Power?

Host Michel Martin kicks off a special broadcast in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, by looking at some of the biggest political stories - in particular those resonating with Latinos. Martin is joined by Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.
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Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time

As the U.S. and Russia announce a deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program, we take a step back to look at where the weapons came from, what they're made of and how to get rid of them.

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