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James Bamford: Inside the National Security Agency (Lecture)

From: KUOW
Series: Speaker's Forum
Length: 54:00

The National Security Agency was once nicknamed "No Such Agency." For years, the U.S. government wouldn't admit it existed. James Bamford is the author of the only two books ever written about it.

Default-piece-image-0 The NSA is thought to be the largest intelligence agency in the world, and it's probably the most secretive. The NSA uses futuristic supercomputers to eavesdrop on people. It collects millions of phone calls and emails every hour. In 2002, President Bush gave the NSA the authority to tap U.S. citizens' communications without a warrant. James Bamford joined the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against the NSA's warrantless wiretap program. James Bamford was the keynote speaker at the American Civil Liberties Union's annual membership conference on February 24, 2007. We'll also hear President Bush defend the NSA wiretap program on Sept 7, 2006. We'll also hear an excerpt of Alberto Gonzales' testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee on January 17, 2007 in defense of the program. Fits a 1 hour program with a 5 min news hole.

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The NSA is thought to be the largest intelligence agency in the world, and it's probably the most secretive. The NSA uses futuristic supercomputers to eavesdrop on people. It collects millions of phone calls and emails every hour. In 2002, President Bush gave the NSA the authority to tap U.S. citizens' communications without a warrant. James Bamford joined the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against the NSA's warrantless wiretap program. James Bamford was the keynote speaker at the American Civil Liberties Union's annual membership conference on February 24, 2007. We'll also hear President Bush defend the NSA wiretap program on Sept 7, 2006. We'll also hear an excerpt of Alberto Gonzales' testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee on January 17, 2007 in defense of the program. Fits a 1 hour program with a 5 min news hole.

Broadcast History

KUOW 4/19/2007

Timing and Cues

00:00-00:59 Billboard
01:00-06:00 News hole
06:00-59:00 Program

KUOW 94.9 Seattle is mentioned at the top and very end of the show, and at 32:00 in a short break

*** Please note: I mention in the introduction that James Bamford is a plaintiff in the lawsuit the ACLU filed against the Bush administration re: the warrantless wiretap program. I also mention the lawsuite briefly at 52:00. The suit was dismissed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2007. The ACLU may appeal that decision. Please refer to the ACLU's Web site for an update on the matter.

http://www.aclu.org/safefree/nsaspying/index.html

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