NSA Director Alexander: Surveillance Helped Prevent “Potential Terrorist Events” Over 50 Times Since 9/11

From Fox News.

The National Security Agency and Justice Department mounted a vigorous defense of the government’s controversial surveillance efforts on Tuesday, with NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander claiming they have helped prevent “potential terrorist events” over 50 times since 9/11.

Officials insisted the programs protect Americans from unwarranted intrusion, as they began to shed light on the scope of the secretive effort in a rare public hearing.

Disclosing new details, a top FBI official claimed the surveillance efforts helped disrupt a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce said NSA officials discovered the scheme while monitoring a known extremist in Yemen, who was in contact with an individual in the U.S. After initiating surveillance, Joyce said, they were able to detect “nascent plotting” to bomb the stock exchange and ultimately disrupt the plot.

Joyce also discussed another case in which the NSA used the program to tip off the FBI about an individual’s “indirect contacts” with terrorists overseas. This “terrorist activity” was disrupted as well, he said, without going into detail.

The administration had not previously discussed those two cases. Joyce also confirmed prior claims that the program helped detect information about the 2009 plot to bomb the New York subway system and a plot involving a Chicago resident to bomb a Danish newspaper.

It’s unclear whether authorities might have been able to disrupt these plots without the help of the phone- and Internet-record collection programs. But Alexander staunchly defended those programs against mounting criticism, pushing back after a string of reports based on leaks of classified information raised widespread privacy concerns.

……Specifically, he said they helped prevent terror “events” more than 50 times in more than 20 countries since 2001. Alexander said he plans to provide details on all the cases to lawmakers in a classified setting on Wednesday.

So, they stopped about 50 “potential threats”. Great. Unfortunately, the NSA didn’t stop the attacks in Boston by Chechen muslim terrorists.
Productive surveillance can be accomplished without resorting to undisciplined, Orwellian collection methods. If I want to catch a Trout, I don’t use bait for Bass. Targeting should be based on indications, warnings, and intelligence that points toward actual threats.
Are the NSA employees under the same scrutiny as the rest of America? If General Alexander doesn’t have a problem with the government prying into his private emails and phone numbers, there’s something wrong with that picture. The excuse that “if you have nothing to hide, it shouldn’t matter”, is indicative of a mindless tool.

Americans by nature, are rebellious. We don’t like our liberties being stepped on, by anyone.

Any power created for clandestine use can be abused.  The NSA’s surveillance programs need to be closely supervised.  Going after the bad guys doesn’t mean shadowing everyone in America just because you can. Collecting my phone number or snatching my private emails isn’t going to make the country safe from muslim terrorists.

The Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, Jamaat Al Fuqura, and the Arab-American Action Network,  are terrorist groups and facilitators that operate carte blanche within our borders.  With just those muslim extremists alone, the NSA should be as busy as a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

An ambiguous blanket of spying on the United States isn’t going to stop muslim terrorists that the government not only knows about but let into the country in the first fucking place.

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