NSA head says surveillance thwarted more than 50 attacks

Jun 18, 2013 Full story: Reuters 21

The head of the National Security Agency on Tuesday defended the broad surveillance of Americans' phone and Internet data as a vital security tool and said it had helped disrupt possible attacks more than 50 times since September 11, 2001.

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Since: Feb 07

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#1 Jun 18, 2013
Then, take the 5th.
Lance Winslow

San Jose, CA

#2 Jun 18, 2013
RayOne wrote:
Then, take the 5th.
Like W.C.Fields?
senior citizen

Granite City, IL

#4 Jun 18, 2013
Too many lies from the top brass for me to believe a round number of 50. I would like to hear of a few of them - they would not be classified if they have already been taken care of years ago.
Never Trust Ur Government

Sayville, NY

#5 Jun 18, 2013
(dis)Trust but Verify.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#6 Jun 18, 2013
And the TSA has stopped a million airline bombers.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#7 Jun 18, 2013
It's nice to know that our tax dollars are being
spent to actually keep the Motherland safe,
not to get some dunderhead of a president reelected.
Cat74

Palatine, IL

#8 Jun 18, 2013
It didn't work in finding the shoe bomber. Civilian passengers caught him. It didn't work with the Terrorist at Ft Hood before the massacre. It didn't work before the Tsarnaev brothers blew up Boston. Perhaps the idiot in charge of spying at NSA could tell us about a couple times it worked. No? I thought not. He lies almost as well as the President.

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#9 Jun 19, 2013
Lance Winslow wrote:
<quoted text>Like W.C.Fields?
Like the IRS.

Since: Feb 07

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#10 Jun 19, 2013
Actually it is the rough's gallery of Washington, DC leadership. They have the power, now they run and hide if the telephone rings.
Wtf

De Leon, TX

#11 Jun 19, 2013
All political fields should be volantary. So lets make it to were these f#@ks dont get paid and maybe we could get some honest political figures.

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#12 Jun 19, 2013
Show us ONE thwarted attack that was planned by an American citizen. Details, please.

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#13 Jun 19, 2013
Wtf wrote:
All political fields should be volantary. So lets make it to were these f#@ks dont get paid and maybe we could get some honest political figures.
How about making their salaries reflective of job performance, begin with a 40% salary and operation budget cut. Zero based budgeting, without the 'out year' transfers of debt.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#14 Jun 19, 2013
RayOne wrote:
<quoted text>How about making their salaries reflective of job performance, begin with a 40% salary and operation budget cut. Zero based budgeting, without the 'out year' transfers of debt.
I like that idea.

Take Michelle Bachmann. In her seven years of representing
the good people of Minnesota, she has not had one piece of
legislation passed into law. None. Zilch. Nada.

Her House salary should be cut to zero. In fact, she
owes America for seven years of pure lazy-ass parasitism.
She's a leach, a little piggy sucking on the government
tit and not earning one one dime of it.

But, I like your idea.
Cat74

Schaumburg, IL

#15 Jun 19, 2013
The people in Bachmans's district seem to keep re electing Michelle for some reason. Can you vote in her District? No, then take care of the Congressman you have, and let Bachman's people do the same.
sinic

Kerrville, TX

#18 Jun 20, 2013
Chinese Hackers Dangle PRISM Secrets to Snare Victims

http://www.technewsdaily.com/18385-nettravele...
senior citizen

Granite City, IL

#19 Jun 20, 2013
Napolitano: NSA Testimony on Surveillance Programs 'Bogus'
Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 09:59 PM
By Todd Beamon

Former state court Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Tuesday that officials from the National Security Agency “answered questions professionally” in their testimony before Congress —“but I still think it’s bogus.”

“There was none of this as we got from Attorney General [Eric] Holder and FBI Director [Robert] Mueller,” Napolitano told Neil Cavuto on Fox News.

He was referring to comments from Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA’s director, on the agency’s two surveillance programs: one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

Alexander testified to the House Intelligence Committee that the programs have foiled 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one directed at the New York Stock Exchange.

“They can pick and choose which classified episodes their going to reveal,” said Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge and Fox analyst.“Of course, they’re going to pick and choose the ones that make them look good.”

In attacking Alexander’s broader testimony, Napolitano specifically cited the general’s response to a question posed by Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the GOP chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

Rogers asked whether the NSA had the “ability to listen to Americans’ phone calls or read their emails under these two programs?”

Alexander responded,“No, we do not have that authority.”

Napolitano observed:“Of course, he doesn’t have the legal authority to [listen to] the phone calls. That’s not what the question asked. The question asked,‘Does he have the practical ability to do so?’ and he couldn’t answer that because the answer is ‘yes.’ And the president and General Alexander are both saying,‘trust us.’

“The same administration said ‘trust us’ on Benghazi till we changed the story for times,” Napolitano added.“The same administration said ‘trust us’ on the James Rosen, Fox News search-warrant affair. The same administration said ‘trust us’ on the IRS targeting conservatives.

“Why should we trust them?” he asked Cavuto.“Why should we trust these people?”
sinic

Kerrville, TX

#20 Jun 20, 2013
senior citizen wrote:
Napolitano: NSA Testimony on Surveillance Programs 'Bogus'
Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 09:59 PM
By Todd Beamon
Former state court Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Tuesday that officials from the National Security Agency “answered questions professionally” in their testimony before Congress —“but I still think it’s bogus.”
“There was none of this as we got from Attorney General [Eric] Holder and FBI Director [Robert] Mueller,” Napolitano told Neil Cavuto on Fox News.
He was referring to comments from Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA’s director, on the agency’s two surveillance programs: one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism.
Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?
Alexander testified to the House Intelligence Committee that the programs have foiled 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one directed at the New York Stock Exchange.
“They can pick and choose which classified episodes their going to reveal,” said Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge and Fox analyst.“Of course, they’re going to pick and choose the ones that make them look good.”
In attacking Alexander’s broader testimony, Napolitano specifically cited the general’s response to a question posed by Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the GOP chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
Rogers asked whether the NSA had the “ability to listen to Americans’ phone calls or read their emails under these two programs?”
Alexander responded,“No, we do not have that authority.”
Napolitano observed:“Of course, he doesn’t have the legal authority to [listen to] the phone calls. That’s not what the question asked. The question asked,‘Does he have the practical ability to do so?’ and he couldn’t answer that because the answer is ‘yes.’ And the president and General Alexander are both saying,‘trust us.’
“The same administration said ‘trust us’ on Benghazi till we changed the story for times,” Napolitano added.“The same administration said ‘trust us’ on the James Rosen, Fox News search-warrant affair. The same administration said ‘trust us’ on the IRS targeting conservatives.
“Why should we trust them?” he asked Cavuto.“Why should we trust these people?”
“Why should we trust them?” I ask you.“Why should we trust these people?” I'm referring to EVERYONE you mention ...
Navy Patriot

Lodi, CA

#23 Jun 20, 2013
The NSA needs to use better filters to limit the search to people who may actually be terrorists.

Approximately 97 percent of the people in the US can be eliminated as potential terrorists. If you wanted to be safe your margin of error would be 90 percent.

Scanning 100 percent leads to missing such plots as the Boston Marathon bombing. They couldn't even catch them after they had been pointed out to them.

Technology has its place and needs adequate filters applied to be accurate. Lack of common sense doesn't help.
Cat74

Palatine, IL

#24 Jun 20, 2013
It is true. Michaels Hastings was investigating the IRS scandal when he was mysteriously killed in an accident. These Obama people are dangerous. Be careful out there.

Since: Mar 11

Minnesota's North Coast

#25 Jun 20, 2013
Cat74 wrote:
It is true. Michaels Hastings was investigating the IRS scandal when he was mysteriously killed in an accident. These Obama people are dangerous. Be careful out there.
how is an accident mysterious?

you ned to work on your logic...or intelligence...or something...

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