Tom Gjelten http://wfpl.org en You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers http://wfpl.org/post/you-have-questions-about-nsa-we-have-answers Four months have passed since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began spilling secrets about the NSA's surveillance programs, but many Americans still don't know what to think about the disclosures.<p>For good reason. The surveillance programs are highly technical, involving the bulk interception of huge volumes of communication data as they traverse multiple links and networks. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:42:09 +0000 Tom Gjelten 7273 at http://wfpl.org You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers Obama's Pick For CIA Chief To Face Senate Scrutiny http://wfpl.org/post/obamas-pick-cia-chief-face-senate-scrutiny John Brennan, President Obama's choice to lead the CIA, can look forward to a grilling Thursday on Capitol Hill. As Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, he has been associated with some controversial policies, including the use of armed drones. Brennan's nomination comes before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and members from both parties have their questions ready.<p>It's unlikely that Brennan's appointment as CIA director is in trouble. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:42:37 +0000 Tom Gjelten 3856 at http://wfpl.org Obama's Pick For CIA Chief To Face Senate Scrutiny The World In 2030: Asia Rises, The West Declines http://wfpl.org/post/world-2030-asia-rises-west-declines By the year 2030, for the first time in history, a majority of the world's population will be out of poverty. Middle classes will be the most important social and economic sector. Asia will enjoy the global power status it last had in the Middle Ages, while the 350-year rise of the West will be largely reversed. Global leadership may be shared, and the world is likely to be democratizing.<p>But the planet may also be racked by wars over food and water, with the environment threatened by climate change. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:58:26 +0000 Tom Gjelten 2909 at http://wfpl.org The World In 2030: Asia Rises, The West Declines