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NSA Phone Records Revive Debate Over Supreme Court Case

The government says phone and email traffic is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, and does not require a court warrant to search. The logic is based on a 1978 case that has been hauled out regularly to justify acquisition of third-party information. But does that logic apply to bulk collection of the sort that's at the heart of the debate over NSA surveillance?
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Patriot Act Architect Criticizes NSA's Data Collection

Audie Cornish talks with Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Rep. Sensenbrenner, a key architect of the 2001 Patriot Act, has recently criticized the National Security Agency's data collecting practices following this summer's leaks regarding the scope of the agency's programs.
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CIA's Acknowledgment Of Iran Coup Role Is Latest Revelation

The agency acknowledged this week that it played a role in Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh's ouster in 1953. The CIA also acknowledged the existence of Area 51 and spying on Noam Chomsky.
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Convertino's Phone Phreaking Leads To Cyber Weapons Career

Mike Convertino built a career making cyber weapons for the Air Force. While he can't talk about a lot that he did, there are some clues. He was decorated in Bosnia in the mid 1990s, around the same time the U.S. deployed its first lethal drone in combat. After Sept. 11, he helped craft standards for the rapid sharing of intelligence.
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The U.S. Defense Contractors That Benefit From Aid To Egypt

The U.S. provides around $1.3 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian military. A good deal of that money actually goes to U.S. defense contractors that provide hardware and services for Egypt's army. Here's a list of the companies receiving the biggest contracts.
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NSA Leak Reporter Says 'U.K. Puppets' Detained His Partner

David Miranda, a Brazilian and journalist Glenn Greenwald's longtime partner in a civil union, was questioned by British authorities at Heathrow Airport for nine hours on Sunday. They also seized a laptop and other electronic gear. Greenwald is one of the journalists to whom Edward Snowden leaked secrets.
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Amid Struggle For 'Soul' Of GOP, Libertarians Take Limelight

Tensions between the traditional wings of the Republican Party and its libertarians have been brewing for years. Leaks of government surveillance information have helped exacerbate the conflict, pushing forward libertarians' stance on civil liberties.
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Cracking The Code: Just How Does Encrypted Email Work?

NSA leaker Edward Snowden's revelations have left us all grappling with questions of privacy. One way to keep some of our information private is through email encryption. But, how does that work?
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NSA Accused Of Repeatedly Violating Privacy Rules

Documents released to the Washington Post by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden show the agency overstepped privacy rules.
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Why Do Sikhs Want To Serve In The Military?

Sikhs have a long history of fighting in wars. But in the US, their turbans and beards often prevent them from being able to join the military. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Major Kamaljit Kalsi who's hoping to change that.

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