David Welna http://wvxu.org en The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work http://wvxu.org/post/challenge-keeping-tabs-nsas-secretive-work Here's a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation's spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets?<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some of the NSA's highly classified programs. He took documents and shared them with journalists.<p>But what about Congress? It's supposed to oversee the NSA — and other spy agencies. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 29550 at http://wvxu.org The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil http://wvxu.org/post/snowden-whistleblowers-who-tried-lift-veil Bill Binney worked at the National Security Agency nearly three decades as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 David Welna 29484 at http://wvxu.org Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions http://wvxu.org/post/bipartisan-board-oks-nsa-surveillance-program-suggestions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. A controversial NSA surveillance program that sweeps up volumes of communications - emails, photos, videos and more is constitutional. That's the unanimous conclusion today of the bipartisan privacy and civil liberties oversight board. The so-called 702 surveillance program, named for a section in the law, is designed to target foreigners. But civil liberties advocates say it captures the communications of Americans too. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 David Welna 28759 at http://wvxu.org Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq http://wvxu.org/post/congress-keeping-close-watch-obamas-plans-iraq After bowing out of Iraq when the last American forces left two and a half years ago, the U.S. military is back.<p>Up to 300 military advisers started arriving there this weekend. President Obama said he sent them to help Iraq's military confront the Sunni militants who've overrun much of northern Iraq. He said Thursday that U.S. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:43:00 +0000 David Welna 28315 at http://wvxu.org Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil? http://wvxu.org/post/exactly-what-could-or-should-us-achieve-iraq As the U.S. steers warships closer to Iraq and beefs up its embassy's security in Baghdad with nearly 300 troops, a nagging question has resurfaced.<p>What compelling interests does Washington still have in a nation where all U.S. forces were pulled out 2 1/2 years ago?<p>Three days after Sunni militants calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, President Obama paused on the White House lawn and issued a warning.<p>"Terrorists," he said, were being allowed to overrun part of Iraq's territory. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:13:00 +0000 David Welna 28134 at http://wvxu.org What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil?