Tom Gjelten http://whqr.org en Obama Highlights Challenges Of Balancing Security, Liberty http://whqr.org/post/obama-highlights-challenges-balancing-security-liberty Coverage of President Obama's speech about proposed changes for the National Security Agency continues with more of his comments, plus analysis. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:39:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 49156 at http://whqr.org Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department http://whqr.org/post/senate-committee-lays-blame-benghazi-state-department Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Senate Intelligence Committee today delivered its analysis of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed in that attack, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. It's a bipartisan report. Democrats and Republicans on the committee agreed, among other things, that the attack might have been prevented if the State Department had taken better precautions at the Benghazi post.<p>For more on the report, we're joined by NPR's Tom Gjelten. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 49052 at http://whqr.org Is U.S. Ready Rethink Sept. 11 Security Policies? http://whqr.org/post/us-ready-rethink-sept-11-security-policies Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama says he will soon propose changes at the National Security Agency. Former contractor Edward Snowden's disclosure of NSA surveillance programs widespread criticism and prompted a review of the agency's operations by Congress, the courts, and the White House. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 48394 at http://whqr.org U.S. Judge Says NSA Phone Data Program Is Legal, Valuable http://whqr.org/post/us-judge-says-nsa-phone-data-program-legal-valuable Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. A stunning court disagreement today over the National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone records. Just one week after a D.C. federal judge found it unconstitutional, New York federal Judge William Pauley determined concluded the opposite. The program, he says, is lawful. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 48179 at http://whqr.org Snowden's Document Leaks Shocked The NSA, And More May Be On The Way http://whqr.org/post/snowdens-document-leaks-shocked-nsa-and-more-may-be-way Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>That lawsuit over NSA surveillance would likely never have happened if former NSA contractor Edward Snowden hadn't leaked classified documents that showed what the agency was doing. Snowden also revealed that the U.S. government was monitoring the communications of foreign leaders, among other secret activities. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 47731 at http://whqr.org U.S. Reassesses Relationship With Rebel Groups In Syria http://whqr.org/post/us-reassesses-relationship-rebel-groups-syria Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The supply of nonlethal U.S. aid to opposition groups in Syria was suspended this week. That's after Islamist forces raided a warehouse where some of the aid had been stored. The supplies were meant for the U.S. backed Supreme Military Council, but the moderate rebel group has largely been sidelined by more radical elements. NPR's Tom Gjelten reports the U.S. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 47551 at http://whqr.org Iran's Nuclear Deal Faces Big Test http://whqr.org/post/irans-nuclear-deal-faces-its-first-test-weekend The nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers will face its first test this weekend. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are due to make a long-delayed visit to a nuclear site in Iran where plutonium could be produced.<p>A nuclear reactor and associated production plant in Arak are a special concern because plutonium can be used in a nuclear bomb. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 47048 at http://whqr.org Iran's Nuclear Deal Faces Big Test Long Road Ahead For Permanent Iran Nuclear Deal To Be Reached http://whqr.org/post/long-road-ahead-permanent-iran-nuclear-deal-be-reached The Obama administration says one of the most important gains in the Iran nuclear deal is that it will buy time for negotiations on a more permanent agreement. If no such agreement is reached, sanctions that have been suspended could be re-imposed. But analysts say the obstacles to a final agreement are still huge, and it may not be easy to regain the leverage that sanctions have achieved so far. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 46664 at http://whqr.org Profit, Not Just Principle, Has Tech Firms Concerned With NSA http://whqr.org/post/profit-not-just-principle-has-tech-firms-concerned-nsa Along with the privacy advocates and the national security establishment, there is another set of players with strong views on NSA surveillance programs: U.S. tech companies.<p>Google and five other companies weighed in on the surveillance debate last month, sending a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, supporting legislation to reform National Security Agency surveillance programs.<p>Their intervention was in part prompted by the news that the NSA had apparently managed to penetrate some of their data centers in Europe. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:23:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 46413 at http://whqr.org Profit, Not Just Principle, Has Tech Firms Concerned With NSA Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA http://whqr.org/post/technology-outpacing-policymakers-needs-nsa The controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs has exposed a problem in the oversight of those programs: The development of the relevant technology has outpaced the laws and policies that govern its use.<p>"The technology is moving very fast," says Joel Brenner, a former NSA general counsel. "Legislation moves very slowly. Policy moves pretty slowly. The people who write policy don't always understand technology, and the people who write legislation almost never understand technology. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:54:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 46361 at http://whqr.org Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA