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NSA director: Surveillance foiled 50 terror plots

Officials stress oversight, controls built into programs

11:36 PM, Jun. 18, 2013
Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, says more than 50 terror threats throughout the world have been disrupted with the assistance of two secret surveillance programs.
Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, says more than 50 terror threats throughout the world have been disrupted with the assistance of two secret surveillance programs.
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National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander told a House committee Tuesday that more than 50 terror threats throughout the world have been disrupted with the assistance of two secret surveillance programs that were recently disclosed by former defense contractor Edward Snowden.

More than 10 of the plots targeted the U.S. homeland, Alexander told the House Intelligence Committee, including a plot to attack the New York Stock Exchange.

"I would much rather be here today debating this," Alexander told lawmakers, referring to the programs' value, "than explaining why we were ...

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