Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories and opinion pieces surrounding the Aspen Security Forum currently taking place in Aspen, Colorado. Security Clearance is a media sponsor of the event, which is taking place from July 17 to 20 in Aspen, Colorado.
In an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin, Dennis Blair, the former Director of National Intelligence weighed in Thursday with his thoughts on the NSA surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden. He also gave his thoughts on the killing of civilians in drone operations overseas. Blair spoke from Aspen, Colorado where he is attending the Aspen Security Forum.