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Four Corners – Privacy Lost

In Archive, NSA, NSA Files, Surveillance on October 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM


Martin Smith/ABC/FourCorners:

This week on Four Corners, Frontline producer Martin Smith explores the secret relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency, investigating how the Government and tech companies worked together to gather and warehouse data. That data includes the communication of Americans and anyone else who communicates via US data systems.

The program has special significance in the wake of new government legislation in the process of being passed in Australia. Those laws will demand that web and mobile data be kept for two years so it can, if needed, be seized by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The changes to law also mean that journalists can be jailed for publishing stories detailing what are called ‘special intelligence operations’.

With extraordinary access to key participants, producer Martin Smith talks to the people who published the leaked files delivered by Edward Snowden. He also talks with people inside the NSA and the politicians with oversee the NSA’s work.

Through in-depth interviews with whistleblowers, elected officials, journalists, intelligence insiders and cabinet officials, the program has woven together the secret narrative that reveals the scale and scope of the Government’s spying program.


Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept
Ewen MacAskill – Guardian
Ben Rhodes – Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting
Luke Harding – Guardian
Barton Gellman – Washington Post
John DeLong – NSA Director of Compliance
Michael Hayden – Former NSA/CIA Director
Richard Clarke – Member of President Obama’s NSA Review Group
Tim Wu – “Father of Net Neutrality”
Steven Levy – WIRED
Ashkan Soltani – Washington Post
Stewart Baker – Former NSA General Counsel (1992-1994)
Andrew McLaughlin – Former Director of Goole Public Policy (2004-2009)
Mark Klein – AT&T Whistleblower
Chris Hoofnagle – UC Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Director
Julia Angwin – Wall Street Journal
Robert Dietz – Former NSA General Counsel (1998-2006)
Chris Soghoian – ACLU
Nick Merrill
Jennifer Valentino-Devries – Wall Street Journal
Robert Gellman – Privacy and Information Policy Consultant

Stories Referenced in Program:

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

President’s NSA Review Group Report

MUSCULAR: NSA/GCHQ Tapping Communications Links to Google & Yahoo Data Centers

New Documents Confirm Executive Order 12333 Governs Most of NSA’s Spying

NSA Leak Vindicates AT&T Whistleblower

Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts

‘John Doe’ Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order After 6 Years

Google Fights U.S. National Security Probe Data Demand

Gmail does scan all emails, new Google terms clarify

NSA Using Advertising Data for Surveillance: Cookies to Identify Hacking Targets, Mobile Apps to Track Locations

Tech companies call for ‘aggressive’ NSA reforms at White House meeting

Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished

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