The U.S. National Security Apparatus

The U.S. National Security Apparatus

In the aftermath of disclosures by Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama plans to propose changes at the National Security Agency. Diane and her guests discuss rethinking U.S. security policies in effect since 9/11.

President Barack Obama faces a full agenda on his return to work today. One of the top items: reforming the National Security Agency. While on vacation, he considered the recommendations of a task force he appointed to improve operations at the NSA. The president is soon expected to announce possible changes to controversial spying programs -- some of which have been in place since 9/11. While many privacy advocates have praised the task force recommendations, some say they don't go far enough. And others worry that tinkering too much with our nation’s surveillance programs could pave the way for another attack. Diane and her guests discuss a rethinking of national security.

Guests

Richard Clarke

former counterterrorism official, currently a consultant for ABC News, adjunct faculty member at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and author of "Against All Enemies" and "The Scorpion's Gate."

Tom Gjelten

national security correspondent, NPR, and author of "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause."

Marc Rotenberg

executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and teaches Information Privacy Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

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.

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