Using Soros funded Mother Jones is questionable.1. Surveillance has contributed to thwarting more than 50 terror plots since 9/11, according to the NSA.
NSA Director Keith Alexander testified that NSA surveillance has played a role in preventing more than 50 terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001. FBI deputy director Sean Joyce provided an outline of four of those cases:
2. The NSA doesn't need court approval each time it searches Americans' phone records.
3. 10 NSA officials have permission to give information about US citizens to the FBI
There are 10 NSA officials—including Inglis and Alexander—involved in determining whether information collected about US citizens can be provided to the FBI. It can only be shared if there's independent evidence that the target has connections to a terrorist organization. Inglis said that if the information is found to be irrelevant, it must be destroyed. If the NSA mistakenly targets an American citizen, it must report this to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
4. Other countries are less transparent than the US, officials say.
Cole said that the FISA Amendments Act provides more due process than is afforded to citizens of European countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. Alexander added that "virtually all" countries have laws that compel telecommunications firms to turn over information on suspects.
5) Fewer than 300 phone numbers were targeted in 2012.
NSA officials say that even though the agency has access to Americans' phone records, it investigated fewer than 300 phone numbers connected to US citizens in 2012. The officials did not provide any detail on the number of email addresses targeted.
But you Progressives need to get it together.
You are stating NSA can at will look through the data without a court order.
Here Feinstein is attempting to make it sound like searching the records must be court approved.
"Clapper’s terms—specific facts, particular basis—created an impression that the court applied these standards as a gatekeeper, case by case. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, added to that impression three days later. In an interview on This Week, Rogers described the court's role in the phone records program:“The court said,'Put all of that information in a box, and hold that information. And when you want to access that information, you have to use this very specific court-ordered approval process.'”
On June 12, NSA Director Keith Alexander gave a similar account. He told a Senate committee:
“What we create is a set of data, and we put it out here, and then only under specific times can we query that data.… So the methodology would be,‘Let's put into a secure environment call detail records.… We won't search that unless we have some reasonable, articulable suspicion about terrorist-related organizations.’ If we see that, we have to prove that we have that. Then, given that, we can now look and say,‘Who was this guy talking to in the United States and why?’”
Later in the hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein,(D-Calif.,) chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, read from a summary of the phone surveillance program. She said the NSA “can only look at that data after showing that there is a reasonable, articulable suspicion that a specific individual is involved in terrorism.” Feinstein asked Alexander whether her summary was accurate. He said it was."
So which is it lily?