1. Justification

    NSA: ‘Dozens’ of Attacks Averted

    Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, answers questions from lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. It is his first public appearance before Congress since revelations that the electronic surveillance agency is sweeping up Americans' phone and Internet records in its quest to investigate terrorist threats. Left to right are Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, Rand Beers, under secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, and Patrick Gallagher, director of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Let’s get some answers. On Wednesday, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee in a previously scheduled hearing on cybersecurity and defended the surveillance work the organization has done. “It’s dozens of terrorist events that these helped prevent,” he said, also noting it’s impossible to assert that one particular surveillance program was responsible for preventing an attack on its own. He said NSA employees “do this lawfully. They take compliance, oversight, protecting civil liberties and privacy and the security of this nation to their heart.” On Tuesday, lawmakers held a closed meeting with counterterrorism officials to learn about the spy programs, and tomorrow the full Senate will be privately briefed.

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