Allan Friedman is a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, and coauthor of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar (What Everyone Needs to Know). Marcy Wheeler, author of Anatomy of Deceit is one of America's leading investigative journalists, specializing in national security and civil liberties issues.
The discussion – one of a series exporing security, NSA, CIA, security state, intelligence, terrorism, cyber terrorism – centers on the President's national security speech to the nation, and on the nature, and risks of, cyberwar.
Marcy has been covering the speech and its implications ever since the speech was delivered. A good place to start is her fisking of the speech.
On January 23, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) released a damning report. The lead in Charlie Savage's piece in the NYTimes:
An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.
And, also today, we learned that the contractors who watch the contractors aren't doing a very good job of security clearances.