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NSA: 300 Phone Numbers Recorded

There's some comforting news to come out of the NSA phone-monitoring scandal: thee agency claims that it only conducted investigations on fewer than 300 of the phone numbers collected in its 2012 "metadata." The information comes from a declassified paper that made the rounds in Washington on Saturday in an attempt to defend the spying scheme. The paper even gave an example of a terrorist plot stopped with help from the agency's knowledge of phone data: a 2009 plan to attack New York City's subway system led by individuals in the U.S.