NSA Chief Says Spying Programs Legal, Make US Safer

Law360, Washington (October 30, 2013, 5:14 PM ET) -- National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander again defended the agency’s controversial intelligence gathering programs, saying Wednesday that they were legal and had protected the U.S. from terrorist attacks, and that public outcry over the agency's actions was an issue of mistaken perception.

Although Americans are worried about the NSA listening in on phone calls or reading their emails, this perception is inaccurate, Alexander said. While the agency may observe “metadata” information coming into the U.S. from overseas, it has neither the manpower nor the...
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