Hayden-Soghoian Debate: Privacy vs. Intelligence Collection





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Published on May 4, 2015

GEN(R) Michael Hayden
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Former Director, National Security Agency

Dr. Christopher Soghoian
Principal Technologist, ACLU

“Privacy and Transparency versus Intelligence Collection Capabilities: What Takes Precedence?"
April 20th, 2015

On the first of June, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act will expire. Should Congress provide a “clean” and unqualified reauthorization of this law, which would permit the government to continue bulk collection of Americans; telephony metadata? Part of the controversy surrounding this program is that it was based on a “secret” interpretation of the law, or at least one that was not readily apparent from a plain reading of the statutory language. Going forward, is it possible to have some meaningful form of public discussion about intelligence collection programs without compromising sources and methods? What kind of metrics can and should be used to measure the value of a domestically focused collection program?

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