Surveillance: Snowden NSA Controversy

A Moment of Levity

By Benjamin Wittes
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 3:53 PM

A moment of levity from the NSA conference Bobby is hosting down at University of Texas. Towards the end of an excellent discussion between Hanni Fakhoury, Benjamin Powell and Ahmed Ghappour about the future of the Fourth Amendment, the room's speaker system suddenly begins playing an unrelated speech by someone with a foreign accent. Everyone looks around for who is speaking. Chris Inglis, former deputy director of NSA, pipes up from the back, "That is incidental collection"---and the room dissolves in laughter.