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Keith B. Alexander
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The Republican author of the Patriot Act in the House and the senior Democrat in the Senate teamed up Tuesday to write a bill that would stop the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, setting up a major clash with other lawmakers and the Obama administration who are feverishly fighting to preserve the snooping program.
The Obama administration's credibility on intelligence suffered another blow Wednesday as the chief of the National Security Agency admitted that officials put out numbers that vastly overstated the counterterrorism successes of the government's warrantless bulk collection of all Americans' phone records.
The United States has the best offensive military capacity in cyberspace of any nation, the head of the agency at the center of a domestic spying scandal said in congressional testimony published Monday.
When retired Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden headed the CIA, one question vexed him so much that he set up a special working group to help him answer it: "Will America be able to conduct espionage in the future, inside a political culture that every day demands more and more transparency in every facet of national life?" Mr. Hayden said the working group "came back with the answer, more or less: 'We're not sure.'"
The head of the National Security Agency said Sunday that the former analyst who leaked information about American spying programs cause "irreversible damage" to the country and is not acting, "in my opinion, with noble intent."
According to Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA surveillance had helped prevent more than 50 potential terrorist events since Sept. 11, 2001, and at least 10 homeland-based threats. If this is an accurate statement, when were these subjects arrested and tried for their activities? Or is that a classified matter without the need to know by the citizens of this country? I guess it is best to keep things under wraps so as not to cause a panic, like the potential panic caused by the NSA and other government agencies who have lied to the public for decades.
National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander this week revealed new details about the electronic spying agency's use of private contractors like renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The National Security Agency last year checked fewer than 300 telephone numbers against its database containing details about every phone call made in America, intelligence officials said Tuesday. The rare admission was part of the Obama administration's effort to reassure Americans about NSA data-gathering programs that officials said had foiled more than 50 terrorist plots in the United States and abroad.
The director of the National Security Agency said Wednesday that "dozens" of terrorist plots have been foiled as a result of a top-secret telecommunications surveillance program that has come under public scrutiny after a former contractor leaked information about it last week.