National security is important to all of us and the government has set agencies like NSA, CIA and FBI in place to keep the country secure. Joining McCuistion to discuss and question the issues around national security and our basic freedoms are acknowledged experts in this field:
- Sahar Aziz: Board Member: American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, School of Law
- Danny O. Coulson: Former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI
Co-Author: No Heroes: Inside the FBI’s Counter Terror Force
- Joshua Rovner, PhD: Director of Studies, Tower Center for Political Studies, Associate Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University
- Gordon Dee Smith: CEO and Principal, Strategic Insight Group
President of the Board, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations
The national security discussion focuses on:
Are national security agencies like NSA and the CIA really necessary for the safety and security of our country? While NSA surveillance has prevented terrorist attacks after 9/11, there have also been government abuses of this power. Without control, necessary oversight and judicial review this may continue to occur.
What is government’s proper role as it relates to gathering information? Does it include identifying and profiling certain “groups” of citizens and are there valid political, legislative and national security reasons for government to “spy” on Americans?
What data is being collected on citizens and what does it actually mean? Some of the metadata collected includes what telephone numbers are originating what calls and to whom, the length of calls and their constancy- and not the actual discussion held. The data’s purpose is to give an overall summary of individual activities. One piece by itself may not be important, but taken all together hidden early warning signs can emerge. Domestic metadata collection is in fact legal. Safety and security are important, however the American people are communicating they resent this type of government interference. Are there possible compromises and solutions?
Tune in – this program on national security impacts you.
Thank you for joining us as we continue talking about things that matter with people who care…
Niki N. McCuistion
Aligning Purpose, Performance and People
Corporate Culture Change Consultant and Problem Solver
04.13.14 – 2117