CLBR #103: The PRISM of Privacy, Zoobuh and More


(1) We navigate through the details of the NSA PRISM Program and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as well as the President’s Summit with China on cybersecurity with Dr. Russ Burgos.  (see below)

(2) Bennet discusses the recent Utah federal court decision in Zoobuh v Better Broadcasting.   (see link)

(3) We mourn yet another tragic mass shooting, this one just miles from our broadcast center here in Santa Monica.

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About Our Guest

Dr. Russell A. Burgos teaches in UCLA’s Global Studies and Middle East and North African Studies programs. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA’s Political Science Department and has a master’s degree in National Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University.

In conjunction with UCLA’s Center for Middle East Development, he directed the Middle East Military-Security Program at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation (IGCC) for five years, facilitating dialog between senior military officers from the Near and Middle East. In that role, he developed close working relationships with senior military leaders from Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Yemen, as well as from European and NATO allies including Britain, France, Hungary, Italy, and Turkey.

A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Professor Burgos spent 18 years in the United States Army, in both active duty and reserve component assignments. In Iraq, he was responsible for overseeing communications, current intelligence, and civil-military operations for a combat aviation battalion.

Professor Burgos has published in scholarly journals, edited volumes, research encyclopedias, and in major newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post. He has provided expert commentary on regional security matters for local and national television and radio news, for Voice of America, and for television and film productions. He appeared most recently on the DVD/Blu-Ray edition of The Devil’s Double, a fictionalized account of the life of Uday Hussein (Corsan/Lionsgate 2011), discussing the history and politics of the actual Saddam Hussein regime.

He has taught at Claremont McKenna College, Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California and UCLA. He is an External Research Associate for the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute and is a member of the American Political Science and International Studies Associations and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.