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January 19, 2020

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Domestic Spying
What are the Checks on Presidential Power?
Last Featured: 2/6/2006

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After recent reports in the New York Times, the Bush Administration has admitted it authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists within the United States without obtaining court approval. These actions raise significant questions about how far government can go to track terrorists and whether our civil liberties are on a crash course with executive power. Join Justice Talking as we take a look at U.S. intelligence policies and ask whether they are legal and effective at safeguarding the homeland.

Interview with Eric Lichtblau
Eric Lichtblau, the reporter who helped break the story about the government's domestic surveillance program, talks with host Margot Adler about the NSA, electronic spying and President Bush's executive order.

Eric Lichtblau is the Justice Department correspondent for the New York Times in its Washington bureau. Prior to working at the Times, he was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times for 15 years. He is currently writing a book about the Justice Department during the George W. Bush Administration.

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Report on Domestic Spying
Reporter Reese Erlich reports on what some critics are saying about the NSA program — that it is just one part of a much wider pattern of illegal, domestic spying.

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Debate on the Issue
Former White House Counsel Brad Berenson debates law professor Geoffrey Stone over governmental spying and presidential authority.

Bradford A. Berenson is a partner in the law firm of Sidley and Austin. From 2001-2003, he served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States. In the White House, he worked on legal, legislative and policy issues associated with the Bush Administration's relations with Congress, domestic policy initiatives, and the war on terrorism.

Geoffrey R. Stone is Harry Kalven, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Stone served as dean of the Law School, and from 1993 to 2002 he served as Provost of the University of Chicago. His most recent book is Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism.

During the debate, Maria LaHood, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, one of the organizations that filed a lawsuit challenging the NSA program, talks about her suspicion that she has been a target of spying.

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Interview with Patrick Radden Keefe
Host Margot Adler talks with author Patrick Radden Keefe about the past and future of government spying technology.

Patrick Radden Keefe is the author of CHATTER: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping, and a fellow at the World Policy Institute.

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