The NSA Gets a Report Card

Friday, December 20, 2013

Transcript

This week, the White House released a 300-page report, which included a list of 46 recommendations to change the NSA’s surveillance techniques and increase transparency and oversight. Brooke talks with Richard Clarke, a member of the panel, about the group’s attempt to address the privacy concerns of Americans.

Guests:

Richard A. Clarke

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

Howard M Thompson from Livonia, MI

Collection of all phone metadata for the purpose of identifying terrorists cannot possibly be effective. The positive predictive value of a diagnostic test is low whenever the false positive rate is on the order of the true positive rate. Since terrorism is extremely rare, the screening would require a ridiculously low false positive rate to be effective. So, metadata is only cost effective when tracking the network of a known terrorist.

Dec. 22 2013 07:52 PM

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