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Defense Panel Debates Spying Safeguards

A Defense Department advisory panel debated Thursday whether requiring a judge’s approval would adequately protect innocent people from a massive surveillance system the Pentagon is developing to predict terrorist attacks. At its first public hearing, the Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee heard invited witnesses offer mild to sweeping criticism of the surveillance program. “Shutting it down is the only wise action,” said Jay Stanley of the American Civil Liberties Union. But Stewart Baker, former general counsel at the National Security Agency, said the project just needed some tweaking. Full Story

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