1. Some Excuse

    NSA Program Stopped Diddly-Squat

    General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), commander of the US Cyber Command and chief of the Central Security Service testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the agency's PRISM program, which tracks web traffic and US citizens' phone records, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The National Security Agency’s collection of phone records has had “no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.” That's according to a study released Monday by the New America Foundation, which analyzed 225 terrorism cases in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks. The study backs up the findings last month by the White House-appointed review group, which also said the NSA program was “not essential.” Instead, the New America Foundation study says that in most cases, traditional law enforcement and investigative methods were the most effective.

    Read it at The Washington Post