NSA director says surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks

  • Article by: CONNIE CASS , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 12, 2013 - 10:26 PM

WASHINGTON — The director of the National Security Agency vigorously defended once-secret surveillance programs as an effective tool in keeping America safe, telling Congress on Wednesday that the information collected disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks without offering details.

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windigolakeJun. 12, 1311:11 AM

Interesting that those on the committees who oversee intelligence and justice don't seem too upset over this gathering of data. I have no problem with this so long as my phone conversations and e-mails are not "tapped". That requires a court order with probable cause. Otherwise, most of this information is out there anyway and the government is just reviewing it to prevent another 9/11 that could otherwise have been avoided (like the original one).

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theagonygopJun. 12, 1311:23 AM

Does anyone recognize that the NSA is looking for .00001% of the data out there to avoid another devastating terrorist attacks. The other 99.99999% of us have nothing to worry about. Unless you're paranoid or hate our government. I would accept this from any president until I found out that he or she was eavesdropping on my conversations without a warrant. That's where I draw the line.

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drichmnJun. 12, 1312:31 PM

This is priceless: "Some Congress members acknowledged they'd been caught unawares by the scope of the programs, having skipped previous briefings by the intelligence committees." Yeah, if you skip the briefings you will be unaware.

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iaminagJun. 12, 1312:57 PM

"Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has complained that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled a Senate committee in March by denying that the NSA collects data on millions of Americans." Clapper lied to Congress and, by doing so, committed perjury, a criminal offense. He needs to be arrested and brought to trial. If Obama's Executive Branch, which controls most of the Federal police forces, e.g., FBI, US Marshalls, ATF, etc., is not willing to do so, Congress should send the US Capitol Police, which reports solely to Congress, to arrest Clapper. Criminals, such as Clapper, should not be allowed to walk the streets or continue to hold a government position.

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wesley173Jun. 12, 13 1:59 PM

Does anyone recognize that the NSA is looking for .00001% of the data out there to avoid another devastating terrorist attacks. The other 99.99999% of us have nothing to worry about.

That is not the point. Our government does not get to collect this kind of data on ordinary, everyday citizens and warehouse it somewhere for later access. If millions of people are having their records accessed, retrieved and stored, please tell me how this program does not violate, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." There is no specificity with these kind of blanket requests. That alone is in violation of the 4th Amendment. Where is the probable cause? There is none.

It matters not who is president, this is outrageous.

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munsterlandrJun. 12, 13 6:00 PM

We have probably 1,000 Al Queda, Hebollah, Hamas, etc. followers each posting 20 phony threats a day on fictitious email accounts and making 20 phony threats on stolen or prepaid phones. That would be 40,000 new threats a day that we spend billions and thousands of special agent hours running down. It's called diversion by the enemy. It happens every war. Now when any one of the phony attacks the enemy communicates about doesn't happen...the NSA claims they disrupted it... Unbelievable...only in Obama world...

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dumbgopJun. 12, 13 6:03 PM

Disrupted many terrorist attacks.....of course we can't mention those for security reasons. Say, Russia warned you about the Boston bombers, the CIA and FBI had been tracking these morons for more than a year. How did listening to me order a pizza or send a worthless email help you with that attack? The more I see from our government under the Obama administartion, the more I'm convinced that a monkey would do a better job as president.

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d434478Jun. 12, 13 6:06 PM

Espionage has been around forever! And they look for the weak ones. This weak one only worked for Booz 3 months and before that, CIA. Even his long time live in girlfriend said he just sortof disappeared. He is WRONG and has done us damage. And I don't care if Big Brother is listening (which they are not) to my uninteresting phone calls. I am more annoyed at being data mined by FB and Google. I first want to be SAFE. This is espionage.

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dumbgopJun. 12, 13 6:16 PM

Disrupted many terrorist attacks.....of course we can't mention those for security reasons. Say, Russia warned you about the Boston bombers, the CIA and FBI had been tracking these morons for more than a year. How did listening to me order a pizza or send a worthless email help you with that attack? The more I see from our government under the Obama administartion, the more I'm convinced that a monkey would do a better job as president.

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d434478Jun. 12, 13 6:20 PM

This YOUNG man says we are spying on China. Hello...know a little history...all countries are "spying" on other countries to protect their citizens....and all the time and forever! World History 101.

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