IC in the News

IC in the News

Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:08

The Fourth Amendment in the Information Age

To badly mangle Marx, a specter is haunting Fourth Amendment law—the specter of technological change. In a number of recent cases, in a number of different contexts, courts have questioned whether existing Fourth Amendment doctrine, developed in an analog age, is able to deal effectively with digital technologies.

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stephanie O'Sullivan is the top deputy to DNI James Clapper. She said her role, "similar to a chief operations officer," means that there's no telling from hour to hour what her work will entail. "My job is unpredictable ... every day is different; you just don’t know when you walk in every morning what will be next," she said.

At the age of 12, while staying with his grandparents in Philadelphia, James Clapper stuck a toothpick in the television dial to pick up the signal between channels four and five.  He then was able to reconstruct the police districts and boundaries in the city. And from there, he figured out the various call signs and police codes.  When his father, an intelligence officer for the Army, asked him what he'd done all summer, Clapper began briefing him on how the police department worked.  "My dad was dumbstruck. 'My god, I've raised my own replacement,' you know," Clapper recalled.
Flying a cohort of students up to Washington, D.C. to meet with various U.S. intelligence agencies every year, The Gordon Institute’s National Security Certificate program offers students an immersive governmental career development experience.
A U.S. intelligence community that once forced out gays and lesbians for security reasons now sees inclusivity as the best way to protect the country, and seeks to recruit spies from a wider talent pool that includes the LGBT community.