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Political Chat: Sen. Wyden's Warnings, Curry County Taxes

OPB | Aug. 23, 2013 12:27 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 18, 2013 6:41 a.m.

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Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden

Michael Clapp / OPB

For a long time, Sen. Ron Wyden has had to walk a delicate line.

As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee for a decade, Wyden has been privy to information about our government’s surveillance programs which he couldn’t share. But he has given warnings.

This week, a secret ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was made public. It rebukes the National Security Agency for violating the Constitution in the way it collects and analyzes Americans’ emails.

Sen. Wyden said on OPB’s Think Out Loud this week, the NSA needs to be held in check.

“We have now an omnipresent, ever-expanding surveillance state. And what used to be some limits — because there were limits in terms of what the technology can do — really doesn’t exist anymore.”

This week, we also learned of yet another effort by Curry County to get residents to kick in a little extra for law enforcement.

And a small victory for Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, although bigger battles are yet to be fought.

We talk politics every Friday morning. Jeff Mapes is the Senior Political Reporter for The Oregonian. OPB Political Analyst Bill Lunch was away, so we welcomed Jim Moore, who teaches Political Science at Pacific University.

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