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Tue Jun 18, 2013, 08:52 PM

Officials Amp Up Spying Defense

Source: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday mounted his most vigorous defense of two controversial data-surveillance programs, saying they helped thwart more than 50 terror plots and contending the agency might have been able to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks had it had such capabilities.

Testifying before a mostly receptive House Intelligence Committee, Gen. Keith Alexander, flanked by four other top government officials, said the programs have helped the U.S. stave off another major attack on its soil. He and his colleagues disclosed two new examples of known terrorist plots they said were disrupted by the programs, including an attack on the New York Stock Exchange.

He also repeatedly described the surveillance programs as rigorously overseen by various branches of the government.

The comments came at a hastily arranged hearing at which lawmakers and intelligence officials tried to reframe the debate over government surveillance that exploded in the days since former contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of the two NSA programs. One collects phone-call records from millions of Americans, and another, called Prism, uses U.S. Internet companies to intercept foreign communications. On Tuesday, Google Inc. GOOG +1.62% asked a secret surveillance court for permission to say more about its involvement in Prism.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324520904578553302776398828.html


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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2013, 10:35 PM

1. An excuse for not stopping 9/11: You can't get a sip out of a fire hose. Building a spy Niagara Falls


doesn't make sense. Not logically, financially, or morally.

Only the morally corrupt can pretend to believe that spying upon all Americans stopped "more than 50 terror plots."

Congress should investigate and stop this, but they too are under surveillance. How many terror plots are the NRA, U.S. Army, et al., going to stop by spying upon all the members of Congress? Upon all the Senators? Upon all the Article III judges?

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Wed Jun 19, 2013, 12:55 AM

2. Of course that do. It's what their financial backers (and beneficiaries of it) demand.

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