Don't underestimate risks of government spyingBy Julian Zelizer, CNN ContributorMore Like This
November 5, 2013 -- Updated 1134 GMT (1934 HKT)
(CNN) -- As the story about the National Security Agency surveillance continued to unfold last week, some of President Obama's supporters, as well as some of his Republican critics, were quick to jump to his defense. Chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers warned that the allegations about the NSA were wrong. "They are seeing three or four pieces of a thousand-piece puzzle and trying to come to a conclusion."
Speaking before a congressional committee, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the monitoring of calls by 35 world leaders was just about spying, something that every country did and so there was nothing to be worked up about. "Some of this reminds me of the classic movie 'Casablanca': 'My God, there's gambling going on here,'" Clapper said.
In a period of crippling partisan warfare that continually
No Woman, No DriveNo Woman, No DriveMore Like This
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A satirical video by a Saudi comedian has become a viral hit – drawing international attention to the kingdom's ban on women driving after many would-be protesters were stymied in their attempts to flout the ban this weekend because of a heavy police presence.
"No Woman, No Drive," a video set to the tune of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry," has gotten 3.7 million views and counting since it was posted on Saturday, the day of the planned driving ban.
It's the most popular YouTube video in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries and has been tweeted from Europe to the U.S.
Described as "awesome" "funny" "rude" and "offensive" – the video has drawn the attention and a range of reactions from Saudi grandmothers