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Officials: NSA programs thwarted potential terrorist plots

Published: Sat, June 15, 2013 @ 9:48 p.m.

Officials: NSA programs thwarted potential terrorist plots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. intelligence officials say information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries.

No other new details about the plots or the countries involved are part of newly declassified information released to Congress today and made public by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Intelligence officials say that fewer than 300 phone numbers were checked last year against the database of millions of U.S. phone records gathered daily by the NSA. Under the program, the records can only be examined for suspected connections to terrorism.

Also revealed: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reviews the two data-collection programs every 90 days, and the data gathered must be destroyed every five years.


1papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

snoden is a traitor after telling the Chinese that the u.s.a. has been hacking them for years. he should be brought home to face a firing squad.

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2fatfrank(11 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

This government always villianizes anyone who speaks out against its policies or activities. Stay focused on what the government is doing/ that is what affects you.
300 phone numbers checked, but yet thousands of employees and millions or records requested!! Are we stupid?

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