The head of the UN’s World Food Program, Ertharin Cousin, talked with me about her efforts to convince cash-strapped Western donors to give money to feed the burgeoning number of Syrians displaced by the violence and on how “al-Nusra has gotten much more strident in diverting our conveys” in Syria. Link to the Newsweek/Daily Beast here.
The media and civil libertarians have quite rightly been exercised over Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the extent, reach and range of the intelligence services snooping on Americans (and foreigners) – snooping that’s been done in the name of security and justified as important in the fight against terrorism.
But there’s a sad reflection in today’s Washington Post on how little Americans on the whole care about privacy rights and their own civil liberties.
Walter Pincus notes the scant public interest in an open session this week of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a panel created by Congress on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. The panel examined the once-secret data collection programs but few people attended and Pincus observes: “I viewed the two-hour session Wednesday on C-SPAN, and it had generated only three Facebook recommendations and 52 tweets.”