The Heat looks at the NSA and if it’s violating human rights

The Heat

Critics have lambasted the NSA ever since 2013, when documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the agency’s digital spying reach. A lawsuit has been brought on by multiple organizations including Human Rights Watch and Wikimedia Foundation.

The lawsuit claims the NSA is violating Americans right to privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. So what exactly does the NSA do? What are its powers? How did this lawsuit come about? CCTV America’s Jim Spellman filed this report.

To discuss more, The Heat is joined by two experts:

  • Carrie Cordero,  the director of National Security Studies at Georgetown University.
  • Dinah Pokempner, a spokesperson from Human Rights Watch, one of the organizations which filed the lawsuit.
  • Sunday Yokubaitis, the president of Golden Frog, a global online services provider.

The discussion continues.