Edward Snowden

  In June of 2013, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former CIA employee, thrust himself into the spotlight when he leaked thousands of top secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents to the journalist, Glen Greenwald. Immediately branded as a whistleblower, Snowden reignited an international debate about private citizens who reveal government secrets that should be exposed but may endanger the lives of citizens.

Like the late Karen Silkwood, whose death in a car accident while bringing incriminating evidence against her employer to a meeting with a New York Times reporter, is still a mystery, Snowden was intent upon revealing the controversial practices of his employer, a government contractor.

Rightly or wrongly, Snowden and Silkwood believed that their revelations would save lives. In his book, The Whistleblower's Dilemma: Snowden, Silkwood And Their Quest For the Truth, Richard Rashke weaves between the lives of these two controversial figures and creates a narrative context for a discussion of what constitutes a citizen’s duty to reveal or not to reveal.

  The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is hosting its eighth annual international conference from Thursday, October 15 to Friday, October 16 on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus.

The two-day conference, “Why Privacy Matters,” asks: What do we lose when we lose our privacy? Reading on Kindles, searching Google, and using cell phones leave a data trail of intimate details. Governments and businesses track our comings, goings, and doings. The conference will include many knowledgeable speakers on the subject including (via satellite) NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden. 

Here are some questions to be answered: Why do we willfully participate in the loss of our privacy? How is it that we rarely register its loss? Do we simply value privacy less? It is time to ask why privacy matters? How can a right to privacy and a meaningful private life exist today?

We are joined by Roger Berkowitz and David Brin.

Roger Berkowitz is Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College and Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Human Rights.

David Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has served as visiting scholar at NASA in Exobiology.

  Edward Snowden’s revelations continue to reverberate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that American spying went overboard.

6/16/14 Panel

Jun 16, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Ray Graf and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Iraq Mass Execution
Snowden Update
Kasem Dies
Health Care Questions
Starbucks College

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the press that published information leaked by Edward Snowden and the Social Security Administration ceasing to collect debts that are more than 10 years-old.

1/24/14 Panel

Jan 24, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Schumer on Tea Party
Super PAC for Clinton
Boston Bomber Death Penalty?
Snowden
D'Souza Charged

Edward Snowden
WIkimedia Commons

As the world continues to react to the intelligence leaks sparked by the likes of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, an unsolved leak carried out 40 years ago is making news. A new book is finally revealing the identity of burglars who broke into an FBI office in the spring of 1971 and stole files detailing the Bureau’s surveillance of American citizens under J. Edgar Hoover.

Legalized marijuana, Edward Snowden and the salary scale for journalists were all on your mind this week, as we hear in highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

1/3/14 Panel

Jan 3, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Ray Graf and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Snowden's Fate
Kerry on Climate
Immigrant can practice law
Bob Grant Dies

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 3, 2014

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's snow storm and two editorial pieces in the New York Times about Edward Snowden and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.

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