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NSA chief defends surveillance programs at hacking conference

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander jousted with a few hecklers as he defended the U.S. spy agency's surveillance programs at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, but largely kept the crowd of cybersecurity experts and hackers on his side.Full story

Congress told of NSA surveillance reach years ago

Contrary to reports from many members of Congress claiming they were in the dark about the extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance efforts, newly declassified documents show that lawmakers were told about the bulk collection program in 2009. Full story

Obama administration declassifies NSA documents

  On Wednesday the administration released NSA documents revealing the government’s ability to analyze millions of phone records in the hunt for terror suspects. This comes as top NSA officials are expected to testify before the Senate in a FISA oversight hearing. Former U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel A

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  Obama admin. releases newly declassified NSA documents

The Obama administration released newly declassified documents today that shed additional light on the NSA’s surveillance programs, including new details on their extent and capabilities. New York Times reporter Charlie Savage joins MSNBC’s Tamron Hall to discuss.

  Inside the Snowden effect

The Director of National Intelligence authorized the release of details behind the NSA’s gathering of telephone metadata. Jared Bernstein, Senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, joins NOW with Alex Wagner.

  One man's quest to go surveillance free for 24 hours: Did it work?

In light of recent revelations about the NSA and its surveillance programs, New York Magazine's Kevin Roose attempted to leave the surveillance state behind and live off the grid for 24 hours. He covered his cell phone in tin foil and wore funny clothing. Roose joins Morning Joe to discuss.

  Edward Snowden’s dad: ‘This story is far from done’

Lon Snowden, father of Edward Snowden, who leaked classified NSA documents more than six weeks ago, talks about his son, saying he’s thankful for anyone “providing him with assistance” and that “Americans don’t know the full truth, but the truth is coming.”

  Rep. Yarmuth on the bipartisan House fight versus the NSA

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., on the strange, bipartisan coalition that is pushing back on how the NSA collects data in the fight against terrorism – and why lawmakers cannot strike a bipartisan note on any other issues facing the nation.

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General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, talks about NSA monitoring programs during a hacker convention in Las Vegas
General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, chief of CSS and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, talks about NSA monitoring programs during a hacker convention in Las Vegas

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency , chief of the Central Security Service and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, talks about NSA monitoring programs during the Black Hat USA 2013 hacker convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Steve

The house belonging to Lonnie and Karen Snowden, father and stepmother of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, is seen in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania June 11, 2013
The house belonging to Lonnie and Karen Snowden, father and stepmother of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, is seen in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania June 11, 2013

The house belonging to Lonnie and Karen Snowden, father and stepmother of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, is seen in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Makela

Protesters are seen behind placard during demonstration against NSA and in support of Snowden in Frankfurt
Protesters are seen behind placard during demonstration against NSA and in support of Snowden in Frankfurt

Protesters are seen behind a placard reading "Who shares his bed with NSA should not wonder why he wakes up bugged" during a demonstration against the National Security Agency and in support of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden in Frankfurt, July 27, 2013. Protests across Germany have gained follow

A protester holds placard during demonstration against NSA and in support of Snowden in Frankfurt
A protester holds placard during demonstration against NSA and in support of Snowden in Frankfurt

A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the National Security Agency and in support of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden in Frankfurt, July 27, 2013. Protests across Germany have gained following the leaking of the NSA intelligence agency's monitoring of international internet tr