Controversy Over The Scope And Oversight Of Domestic Surveillance

Controversy Over The Scope And Oversight Of Domestic Surveillance

A recent House bill to block the NSA from collecting millions of phone records was narrowly defeated. Diane and her guests discuss growing concerns over the scope and oversight of domestic surveillance programs.

For the first time in nearly a decade, American public opinion is shifting on NSA surveillance and privacy. A new Pew Research Center poll shows a 56 percent majority favor tougher restrictions on the government’s ability to collect phone and Internet data. Last week, 55 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans defied their leaders to vote for an amendment to defund the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program. The measure was defeated by a narrow margin of only 12 votes, and opponents of the program continue to push for limits and oversight. A panel joins Diane to discuss the debate over balancing privacy rights with government efforts to find terrorists.


Stewart Baker

attorney at Steptoe and Johnson, former general counsel at National Security Agency and former assistant secretary of policy at Department of Homeland Security.

Michael Hirsh

chief correspondent at National Journal magazine and author of "At War with Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World."

Rep. Justin Amash


Siobhan Gorman

intelligence correspondent at The Wall Street Journal.

Michelle Richardson

legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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