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Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to the National Security Agency including interviews with NSA whistleblowers William Binney, Thomas Drake and Russell Tice as well as reporter Glenn Greenwald who exposed the secret PRISM spy operation.

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  • USA Today has revealed the National Security Agency is secretly collecting the phone call records of millions of Americans with the help of AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. For the customers of these companies, it means that the government has detailed records of calls they made to family members, co-workers, business contacts and others. One source told the paper that the NSA is attempting to create the world’s largest database —...
    May 12, 2006 | Story
  • Porter Goss resigns as director of the CIA. Four star general Michael Hayden has been nominated to head the civilian agency. As head of the National Security Agency, Hayden oversaw the warrantless domestic spy program, which many say is illegal. We speak with former CIA analyst Larry Johnson and Newsweek investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff. [includes rush transcript]
    May 08, 2006 | Story
  • More than two years ago Congress halted plans for a controversial plan called Total Information Awareness to create the world’s largest surveillance database to track your phone calls, purchases, Internet usage, reading material, banking transactions. The National Journal has now revealed the program has quietly continued inside the NSA. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 27, 2006 | Story
  • As Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales testifies on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We speak with Aziz Huq of NYU Law School about the hearing, the role of Congress and the Executive and the close relationship between Gonzales and the White House. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 07, 2006 | Story
  • On Tuesday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared at Georgetown Law School to deliver an address defending the NSA domestic spy programs. During the course of his address, nearly 30 students stood up one-by-one and turned their back on Gonzales in protest. A panel of law professors addressed Gonzales’ speech, calling it illegal. We play excerpts of Gonzales’ speech and law professor David Cole responding. [includes rush...
    Jan 25, 2006 | Story
  • The Bush administration has launched a public-relations offensive to defend the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants. We speak with James Bamford, author of several books on intelligence, including the first book ever written about the NSA. Bamford is also a plaintiff in an ACLU lawsuit that charges the spying program violates Americans’ rights to free speech and privacy under the first...
    Jan 24, 2006 | Story
  • We turn to a rare news conference held by General Michael Hayden, deputy director of National Intelligence and former national director of the National Security Agency, who spoke to reporters Monday in Washington D.C. at the National Press Club. The conference was part of a public relations offensive by the Bush administration to defend the NSA’s eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 24, 2006 | Story
  • Former Vice President Al Gore gave a major speech in Washington Monday accusing President Bush of "repeatedly and persistently" breaking the law by authorizing the NSA wiretaps. We play an excerpt of the address and the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union are filing separate lawsuits challenging President Bush’s order for the NSA to conduct domestic spy operations without legally-required...
    Jan 17, 2006 | Story
  • Former NSA intelligence agent Russell Tice condemns reports that the Agency has been engaged in eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants. Tice has volunteered to testify before Congress about illegal black ops programs at the NSA. Tice said, "The freedom of the American people cannot be protected when our constitutional liberties are ignored and our nation has decayed into a police state." [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 03, 2006 | Story
  • President Bush has admitted he secretly ordered the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans without ever seeking court approval. Famed constitutional attorney Martin Garbus and former intelligence officer Christopher Pyle both say it is an impeachable offense. We also speak with investigative journalist James Bamford about the history of the NSA. Plus, The New York Times exposed the story, but why did they hold it for more than a...
    Dec 19, 2005 | Story