NSA

  How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years? Why did NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records?

General Michael Hadyen, the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, offers an insider's look at America’s intelligence wars in his new book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.

For ten years, Hayden participated in every major event in American national security, the fallout and consequences of which are still unfolding today.

  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.

4/8/15 Panel

Apr 8, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include SC policeman charged with murder; Russians hack the White House; US tracked billions of calls over decades; Greenpeace protest; Albany County District Attorney David Soares to investigate Donald 'Dontay' Ivy's death.

3/31/15 Panel

Mar 31, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include: Suicidal Tendencies, NSA Shooting, Indiana Backlash, Trevor Noah on Daily Show, Iran Deal.

7/7/14 Panel

Jul 7, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Bloomberg on Gun Control
Midterms
Romney?
Voter Age Discrimination
NSA Report

6/11/14 Panel

Jun 11, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Eric Cantor Primary Defeat
Teacher's Tenure
School Shooting
Clinton Book Tour
Classified Photos

4/14/14 Panel

Apr 14, 2014

    

  Today's panelsists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Shootings at Jewish Centers in Kansas
Ukraine
Fed Government pulls back in land dispute
NY on the economic upswing?
NSA

3/25/14 Panel

Mar 25, 2014

 

   Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Today's topics include:
NSA Data
Group of 8
Jet in Ocean
Washington Landslide
Gender Barriers
TU Stories

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Malaysian airline tragedy, the white house's plan to end the NSA's phone data collection, and Georgia's possible new gun law.

3/19/14 Panel

Mar 19, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and WAMC Newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Crisis in Ukraine
NSA Calls
Heart Disease Link
Malaysian Radar
UAlbany NCAA win

1/29/14 Panel

Jan 29, 2014

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

Topics include:
SOTU
Farm Bill
Abortion Vote
Syria Talks
Data Requests

    The impact of President Obama’s speech on surveillance last week remains to be seen.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that massive data collection among American citizens is troublesome.

1/23/14 Panel

Jan 23, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Cuomo Pre K
NSA Panel
Fracking in National Forest
Syria
Yankees Money

1/22/14 Panel

Jan 22, 2014

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

Topics include:
Pre-K Dispute
VA Gov Indicted
Christie called to Leave RGA
Yale Tangle
NSA Poll

1/20/14 Panel

Jan 20, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Sochi Concerns
Hoboken v. Christie
Obama on NSA
Obama on Pot
Cuomo Rips Far Right
Superbowl

  Emails, phone calls, even video games?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that revelations about American spying are disturbing.

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Red Sox, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy introducing legislation for NSA reform, the one year anniversary of Superstom Sandy and the latest regarding the Moreland Act Commission.

9/6/13 - Panel

Sep 6, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Joe Donahue.

Topics include:
Obama & Putin
Syria Vote Count
Tipping Debate
E-Cigarettes
NSA on Encryption

8/22/13 - Panel

Aug 22, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus - Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Manning Sentenced
NSA Castigated
Maine Governor on Obama
Dr. Phil Tweets
David Cassidy

    Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. He was a federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over twenty-seven years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them.

McGovern will be one of the featured speakers at the 15th Annual Kateri Tekakwitha Peace Conference this weekend.

8/14/13 - Panel

Aug 14, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and the Times Union Capital Reporter, Jimmy Vielkind. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Airlines Merger
Snowden Interview
NSA Cuts Administrators
Sex in College
NYC Mayoral Poll
Goo-goos surveying about changes to JCOPE
Subpoenas to a major real estate developer/Cuomo donor

7/18/13 - Panel

Jul 18, 2013

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, Times Union Editor Rex Smith and Times Union state editor and columnist Casey Seiler. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics:
Surveillance Backlash
NYC Poll
Cuomo ranked on Bad Gov. List
Emmy Nominations

The whereabouts of alleged NSA leaker Edward Snowden is only the latest mystery surrounding the agency’s phone and internet surveillance programs that were largely clandestine up until about three weeks ago.

For Dick De Veaux, professor of statistics in the department of mathematics and statistics at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, news of the programs wasn’t surprising. Since 2004 De Veux has been taking part in a summer program organized by the NSA to bring some of the best technical minds together and troubleshoot their data collection and analysis programs.

  We have entered a new era in domestic surveillance.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there must be a balance between national security intelligence and privacy.

6/13/13 - Panel

Jun 13, 2013

  Today's panelists are Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Ira Fusfeld. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
NSA Hacks and Leaks
Community College Graduation Rates
Hilary Clinton on Twitter
LCA Show

Residents of Pittsfield, Massachusetts voiced their views of reports that the NSA has gathered phone records from millions of Americans.

Pittsfield mayor Dan Bianchi rounded out the conversations with city residents.