December 18th, 2013
08:05 PM ET

Are changes to NSA spying tactics too little too late?

A report on NSA tactics commissioned by President Obama himself recommends changes to some, but not all, of the agency's controversial spying tactics. But will the changes do anything to regain the public's trust, or has the political damage already been done?

Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and former spokesman for Speaker John Boehner Terry Holt are OutFront to discuss the implications.

Filed under: National Security • NSA • Politics
December 18th, 2013
08:04 PM ET

Report recommends changes to NSA spying tactics

Changes may be coming to the NSA's controversial surveillance programs.

An outside panel, requested by President Obama, suggests ending the government's mass storage of Americans' phone records.

But the panel doesn't recommend ending the controversial tactics altogether.

CNN's Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto is OutFront with the details.

Filed under: National Security • NSA
December 16th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

Judge: NSA phone data-mining unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of American's phone records is likely unconstitutional.

The data-mining program was revealed by NSA Leaker Edward Snowden.

Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

Snowden issued a statement in response to the ruling, saying "Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate American's rights. It is the first of many."

But a Justice Department spokesman says "... we believe the program is constitutional as previous judges have found."

They say, the ruling is being studied.

CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin is OutFront.

Filed under: National Security • News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
December 13th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Is American held in Iran working for the CIA?

Was American Bob Levinson secretly working for the U.S. government when he disappeared in 2007 in Iran?

According to the White House, absolutely not, as Press Secretary Jay Carney stated today.

But the Washington Post says Levinson was under contract with the CIA when he vanished. CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti has been on this story for years and is OutFront tonight with more details.

Filed under: International • Iran • National Security
December 13th, 2013
08:36 PM ET

Report: "Fake" sign language interpreter has extensive criminal record

There's a shocking new revelation tonight about the so-called "fake interpreter" and Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

South African news network ENCA is reporting that Thamsanqa Jantjie, who stood just three feet away from President Obama and many other world leaders as they delivered their speeches, has faced a long list of criminal charges in the past including murder, kidnapping, and rape.

Yesterday, Jantjie told CNN's David McKenzie in an interview that he suffers from schizophrenia, but claimed that it is "controllable." CNN has been unable to reach him for further comments.

Errol Barnett has more details on this unfolding story.

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