Tag Archives: NSA

The New March Madness: Congress, the Executive Agencies, and the Uncertain Future of American Surveillance

By Chris Pawlik – March 2014 was a whirlwind of a month for those within the United States intelligence community. Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers, President Barack Obama’s nominee, to replace General Keith as the 17th Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testified for the first time before the Senate armed services committee. Later that same day, Senator Diane […]

Congress and the Future of Intelligence Reform

BY CHRIS PAWLIK – The Senate Intelligence Committee recently approved a new bill that aims to address concerns regarding the National Security Agency’s (N.S.A.) bulk data gathering practices. [1] The bill, titled the FISA Improvements Act, was introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) and passed by a vote of 11-4. [2] The bill heavily favors current […]

Blowback: Covert Surveillance and the Consequences for Global Economic Growth

BY CHRIS PAWLIK — Trade matters. The security interests of the United States are inexorably tied to its interest in promoting free trade and open markets. During the summer of 2013 discussions for the most significant American-involve trade pact since NAFTA, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began. Only a few days before the first […]

To Keep or Not to Keep: NSA Surveillance Program

BY CHRIS PAWLIK — The question contemplated before the Senate Intelligence Committee recently was what changes could be made in order to preserve the formerly secret National Security Agency (NSA) program that logs every American’s telephone calls. [1] While competing bills emerged between one camp within the Committee led by Senators Mark Udall (D-Co.) and […]