Tom Gjelten http://wgcu.org en Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department http://wgcu.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 6385 at http://wgcu.org Profit, Not Just Principle, Has Tech Firms Concerned With NSA http://wgcu.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 4711 at http://wgcu.org Profit, Not Just Principle, Has Tech Firms Concerned With NSA Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA http://wgcu.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 4677 at http://wgcu.org Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA U.S. Tech Firms May Be Feeling Bite From NSA Spying Reports http://wgcu.org/post/us-tech-firms-may-be-feeling-bite-nsa-spying-reports Recent disclosures about NSA surveillance have affected U.S. relations with allies and tainted America's image around the world. Now the fallout seems to be creeping into the U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 4586 at http://wgcu.org Intelligence Officials Aim To Pre-Empt More Surveillance Leaks http://wgcu.org/post/intelligence-officials-aim-pre-empt-more-surveillance-leaks NSA officials are bracing for more surveillance disclosures from the documents taken by former contractor Edward Snowden — and they want to get out in front of the story.<p>In a recent speech, NSA Director Keith Alexander said Snowden may have taken as many as 200,000 NSA documents with him when he left his post in Hawaii. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:12:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 4513 at http://wgcu.org Intelligence Officials Aim To Pre-Empt More Surveillance Leaks Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence http://wgcu.org/post/partisan-squabbles-raise-questions-over-us-global-influence The U.S. performance on the global stage has looked a little rocky in the past few weeks.<p>The Obama administration had to let Russia take a lead in managing the security challenge in Syria. The United States was also embarrassed when allies like Germany, France and Brazil reacted angrily to the news that the National Security Agency had monitored their leaders' communications.<p>Finally, the government shutdown and the congressional fight over the debt ceiling prompted critical comments about U.S. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:35:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 3794 at http://wgcu.org Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers http://wgcu.org/post/you-have-questions-about-nsa-we-have-answers Four months have passed since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began spilling secrets about the NSA's surveillance programs, but many Americans still don't know what to think about the disclosures.<p>For good reason. The surveillance programs are highly technical, involving the bulk interception of huge volumes of communication data as they traverse multiple links and networks. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 3654 at http://wgcu.org You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance? http://wgcu.org/post/are-we-moving-world-more-online-surveillance Many governments around the world have expressed outrage over the National Security Agency's use of the Internet as a spying platform. But the possible response may have an unforeseen consequence: It may actually lead to more online surveillance, according to Internet experts.<p>Some governments, led most recently by Brazil, have reacted to recent disclosures about NSA surveillance by proposing a redesign of Internet architecture. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 3527 at http://wgcu.org Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance? Al-Shabab Shifts Focus From Territory To Terrorism http://wgcu.org/post/al-shabab-shifts-territorial-terrorists Al-Shabab has been around for years as a militia group fighting for territory in Somalia.<p>When al-Shabab militants, dressed in casual clothes, turned up in a ritzy shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend and gunned down men, women and children, the group shifted from an insurgent movement to a terrorist organization.<p>"A week ago, al-Shabab wasn't in the news," says Bruce Hoffman, a a terrorism expert at Georgetown University and the Rand Corporation. "Arguably, outside of Somalia, no one really cared about them."<p>Yet the group has dominated the headlines this week. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:57:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 2968 at http://wgcu.org The Effects Of The Snowden Leaks Aren't What He Intended http://wgcu.org/post/effects-snowden-leaks-arent-what-he-intended An official assessment of the damage caused by news leaks about government surveillance programs suggests that terrorist groups are changing their communication methods in response to the disclosures, according to officials at the National Security Agency.<p>Shortly after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked top-secret documents concerning the agency's foreign surveillance operations, Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, said the disclosures had caused "irreversible and significant damage." He ordered a thorough investigation into how the leaks occurred and what effect they would have Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 2731 at http://wgcu.org The Effects Of The Snowden Leaks Aren't What He Intended Officials: Edward Snowden's Leaks Were Masked By Job Duties http://wgcu.org/post/officials-edward-snowdens-leaks-were-masked-job-duties More than three months after Edward Snowden revealed details of NSA secret surveillance activities, intelligence officials are still assessing the fallout from the former contractor's disclosures. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 2620 at http://wgcu.org Officials: Edward Snowden's Leaks Were Masked By Job Duties The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For http://wgcu.org/post/next-disaster-scenario-power-companies-are-preparing In the 10 years since sagging power lines in Ohio sparked a blackout across much of the Northeastern United States and Canada, utility engineers say they have implemented measures to prevent another such event in the country's electric grid.<p>But there is one disaster scenario for which the power companies are still unprepared: a massive attack on the computer networks that underlie the U.S. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 06:57:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 1499 at http://wgcu.org The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For Which Citizens Are Under More Surveillance, U.S. Or European? http://wgcu.org/post/who-spies-more-united-states-or-europe The disclosure of of previously secret NSA surveillance programs has been met by outrage in Europe. The European Parliament even threatened to delay trade talks with the United States.<p>Yet U.S. officials have dismissed much of the complaining as hypocrisy. Before the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/24/205276633/amendment-limiting-nsa-record-collection-fails-in-the-house">House rejected legislation</a> that would have limited the data the NSA can collect last week, U.S. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:43:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 865 at http://wgcu.org Which Citizens Are Under More Surveillance, U.S. Or European?