NSA Chief Says Surveillance Averted Dozens Of Threats

Law360, New York (June 12, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT) -- National Security Agency head Gen. Keith Alexander defended the agency’s mass collection of American phone records during a grilling by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, saying the government’s surveillance practices have helped thwart dozens of terrorist plots at home and abroad.

The hearing, originally called to examine how $13 billion set aside in President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget would be allocated for cybersecurity initiatives and threat preparedness, was quickly hijacked by several senators who demanded answers from Alexander on the scope of NSA’s perceived spying...
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