Wednesday, June 12, 2013

NSA director says surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks

The director of the National Security Agency has vigorously defended once-secret surveillance programs as an effective tool in keeping America safe, telling Congress that the information collected disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks without offering details.
In his first congressional testimony since revelations about the top-secret operations, Army Gen. Keith Alexander insisted that the public needs to know more about how the programs operate amid increasing unease about rampant government snooping and fears that Americans' civil liberties are being trampled.

"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," Gen Alexander told a Senate panel.

He described the steps the government takes once it suspects a terrorist organization is about to act - all within the laws approved by Congress and under stringent oversight from the courts. He said the programs led to "disrupting or contributing to the disruption of terrorist attacks," but he did not give details on the terror plots.

Half a world away, Edward Snowden, the former contractor who fled to Hong Kong and leaked documents about the programs, said he would fight any U.S. attempts to extradite him. American law enforcement officials are building a case against him but have yet to bring charges.

"I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality," Mr Snowden said of the surveillance programs in an interview with the South China Morning Post.
In plain-spoken, measured tones, Gen Alexander answered senators' questions in an open session and promised to provide additional information to the Senate Intelligence Committee in closed session on Thursday. The director of national intelligence has declassified information on two thwarted attacks - one in New York, the other in Chicago - and Gen Alexander said he was pressing for more disclosures.

But he also warned that revelations about the secret programs have eroded agency capabilities and, as a result, the US and its allies won't be as safe as they were two weeks ago.

"Some of these are still going to be classified and should be, because if we tell the terrorists every way that we're going to track them, they will get through and Americans will die," he said, adding that he would rather be criticized by people who think he's hiding something "than jeopardize the security of this country."

Gen Alexander said he was seriously concerned that Mr Snowden, a former employee with Booz Allen Hamilton, had access to key parts of the NSA network, a development that demands a closer examination of how well the agency oversees contract employees.

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the programs are constitutional and "very important to the security of the American people and they help us in a big way to address the terrorist threat that does in fact remain."


  1. If the NSA's illegal spy program actually prevented terrorist plots in the U.S. they would not only tell us what they were, they would be shouting it from the mountain tops.

    The fact is that the NSA, FBI, CIA and the DHS have done NOTHING to make us safer. All they have done is use our own money to spy on us. We need to defund and shutter all agencies that spy on and harrass innocent American citizens. Enough is enough!

  2. It's time people go re-watch the movie "Enemy of the State" with Gene Hackman and Will Smith (1998)

    What has Snowden revealed which Hollywood didn't reveal a decade and a half ago? NOTHING.

    All Snowden has done is provide the ACLU with a nice way to circumvent the 'STANDING' barricade which was preventing the Supreme Court from deciding the case on its merits. As a Verizon Wireless customer, the ACLU now has standing, and THAT is why the Congress has its knickers in a twist right now.

  3. I believe Gen Alexander is trying to save his butt and his job. I personaly do not believe him one bit.

  4. Cut the military funding by 90% and we are still as safe as ever. Ditch the NSA, and we are still as safe as ever.

    Fear-mongering bitches in uniform do not impress me as "security", they rather impress me as half-witted little boys playing "army."

    That the drunkard Speaker Boner disagrees with me proves me correct.

  5. The NSA disrupted terrorist attacks? You mean they finally found out that the JFK assassination and 9-11 and the gradual destruction of the US Constitution were Federal agendas? And so now they have foiled dozens Federal plots?

    Wow, this sounds great! Hopefully they will list these miracles so we can throw them a ticket-tape parade!

  6. Here's a sure-fire way to stop terrorist attacks [pun intended]:
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    No NSA, TSA, DHS, etc. needed.

  7. The one thing that i remember the most clearly over the past 40 years of my school days at Brandeis University in 1970's are my student adviser's words that when he was growing up that his grand parents and parents used the term "‘goyishe kup,’" meaning that the "Non-Jews are Stupid"
    Later in life I learned that the exact translation of "GOYISHE KUP" means that the "Cattle are STUPID"..
    I remember him recalling whatt his father told him when he was growing up in Eastern Europe. One of them being that when his father was in high school he and a group of friends would skip school early on Fridays and go over to his friend's father's butcher shop. That they would buy at cost any cows , that had not been butchered by the end of the day on Friday before the start of shabat . They would take the cow home and wash it and then the boys would procede to "beat the udders of the cows so that they would swell up and turn pink" so as to sell them to the "GOYISHE KUP" as milk producing cows.
    The part that I remember him asking me if the East Europeans are so naive, so gullible and so stupid to buy old "non milk producing cows" from a bunch of young Jewish Boys.
    So thinking of it now I agree with the Jewish saying that the "GOYISHE KUP" are indeed" Stupid" as they believe that a Bunch of Arab Moslem Kids who were not able to Fly a Cessna Airplane took it upon themselves to FLY a Jumbo 747 and outwitted the US Militaryand Civilian authorities. The "Jewish Lightning Insurance Scam" of the 1960's is still alive and well has been put to good use by Larry Silverstein in putting 15 million down and comming out with 7 billion dollars for buidings that no one wanted to buy because it would have cost a billion dollars to remove the asbestos from. Then on top of that the people in America actually believe that they actually decide who is elected President or for that that actual VOTE is really counted and makes a difference in deciding who represents them in the White House and congress. ,

    Yeh I agree that the AmericanNon-Jews are indeed American "GOYISHE KUP" or "STUPID CATTLE"!