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NSA Director Defends Surveillance Programs As Critical Tools in Fight Against Terrorism

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The director of the National Security Agency forcefully defended the surveillance programs Wednesday that kept tabs on Internet activity and collected millions of telephone records, the Associated Press reports.

The once-secret programs, which was disclosed this month to an incensed public, were invaluable tools in the fight against terrorism, said NSA Director and Army Gen. Keith Alexander.

But Alexander declined to disclose any details of the thwarted terrorist attacks during the congressional hearing, the AP wrote.

“I do think it’s important that we get this right and I want the American people to know that we’re trying to be transparent here, protect civil liberties and privacy but also the security of this country,” Alexander told a Senate panel.

 


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Comment from R Johnson
Time June 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

The surveillance program was SECRET. Now, having been uncovered, the NSA is saying they want to be “transparent” and “protect civil liberties and privacy.” What a LIAR Alexander is!

Comment from VeronicaK
Time June 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

Yeah, prison stops crime as well. On a lesser scale, this Orwellian surveillance state activity is like putting everyone behind bars in order to prevent some crime. Thanks but no thanks; I will take my chances with the terrorist as the government is much more threatening to freedom and liberty.

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