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December 19th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

Fmr. Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales speaks out on NSA recommendations

House Republicans are demanding an immediate investigation of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, for lying to Congress in this exchange.:

Sen. Ron Wyden asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collected "any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"

Clapper answered, "No, sir."

Wyden: "It does not?"

Clapper: "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly."

OutFront: Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, he fought to defend NSA surveillance tactics during the Bush administration.


Filed under: News • NSA • Politics • Privacy
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 17th, 2013
11:46 PM ET

NSA plaintiff Larry Klayman gets confrontational on CNN: You're an ultra-leftist

"I've watched you for many years, you're an ultra-leftist," Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman said to CNN's Don Lemon Tuesday night on Erin Burnett OutFront.

Klayman came as a guest to discuss his victory, when a federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's domestic phone surveillance program was likely unconstitutional.

Judge: NSA phone data-mining unconstitutional

The interview started with Klayman slamming Lemon and CNN's Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

"The NSA has data on all of us, meta-data, which deals with our personal lives - clearly a violation of the four amendment." Klayman added, "But rather than talking about that you got to try to take out somebody who challenged President Obama."

Klayman's interview was preceded by a piece on the tea party activist's history of litigating cases against the United States government.

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is offering to help Brazil investigate United States surveillance of Brazilian citizens.

"The idea that Larry Klayman is the representative -  is simply outrageous, because he's a professional litigant and lunatic," Toobin said.

Toobin argued that the important issues of the NSA phone surveillance case shouldn't be represented by 'Klayman's tin foil hat paranoia about the NSA being after him.'

The conversation continued to be confrontational - leading to Lemon calling for Klayman to removed from the discussion.

Watch the video clip in this post to discover how the interview ended.

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Filed under: News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden • Politics
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
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