June 12th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
1 year ago

NSA says data mining helped thwart terror

Washington (CNN) - Phone records obtained by the government through a secret surveillance program disclosed last week helped prevent "dozens" of terrorist events, the director of the National Security Agency told a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander said in response to questions from Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, that he believed the program, under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, was "critical" to helping the intelligence community corroborate information on possible threats.

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  1. just sayin

    and if we allow police to strip search us at will as we walk down the street, we can be totally safe from all violence. come on people, why not allow it? if we can just stop one violent crime and save just one person, why not do it? what do you have to hide?

    June 12, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Communist States of America

    Obama, Democrats & Obamacare attack 1st amendment religious freedoms.
    Holder and Obama attack 1st amendment freedom of the press.
    IRS attack 1st amendment freedom of association.
    Obama & Democrats relentlessly attack 2nd amendment at every opportunity.
    Obama, NSA attack 4th amendment right to privacy, search and seizure.

    Yes, Obama sure is "fundamentally transforming" our country all right.

    June 12, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    At some point, COWARDLY, LAZY Americans are going to have to "MAN UP" and accept some risk, some danger from criminals / terrorists OR our way of life, the LIBERTIES we base our existence on will be legislated away by a power hungry Congress & Executive branch.

    I would rather prevent mayheim, death & destruction by keeping the instruments of harm [guns, explosives, toxic chemical] out of the hands of people rather than give up our civil liberties. There is no absolute solution to defeat all evil act proactively. Sometimes swift and debilitating punishment will be required if we are not going to give up our freedoms.

    June 12, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Next up: Some GOPers/Teatrolls trying to take credit for that like they did with OBL's death, while other GOPers/Teatrolls continue to work the angle of it being horrible gov't overreach and all Obama's fault that your phone record metadata is being handed over to the gov't. Cognitive dissonance...it's what's for dinner.

    June 12, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Prove it.

    Clapper LIED!!

    June 12, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    [UPDATED] Did Intelligence Officials Lie to Congress about NSA Domestic Spying?
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    By his own admission giving the answer 'least truthful answer' would in fact be lying.

    June 12, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Obama, NSA attack 4th amendment right to privacy, search and seizure."

    Yeah, because it was Obama and the NSA that decided the 1971 SCOTUS case that made phone record metadata fair game.

    June 12, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. saywhat

    With Israeli companies involvement in the Prism surveillance program now exposed by Haa'retz, a whole new dimension is added to this outrage.
    Officials responsible for authorizing this leasing of our very soul to another country should be exposed and public should demand their prosecution.

    June 12, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. truth hurts but reality bites

    The people of North Korea are 100% completely safe from terrorists. Just ask their owners, the Communist Party of North Korea. For all of you think the government can protect you 100% of the time from 100% of lifes dangers, you might want to try North Korea for a few weeks. Of course your self proclaimed government protectors could be a fatal danger.

    But that could never happen here right? Why not?

    June 12, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Officials responsible for authorizing this leasing of our very soul to another country should be exposed and public should demand their prosecution."

    Ummmm...we know exactly who was in Congress when the Patriot Act was enacted and how they voted. There's nothing to "expose."

    June 12, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Communist States of America

    Sniffit
    "Obama, NSA attack 4th amendment right to privacy, search and seizure."
    Yeah, because it was Obama and the NSA that decided the 1971 SCOTUS case that made phone record metadata fair game.
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    But it never became a problem until Obama... He and his government are out of control in so many ways. Americans had better wake up and smell the leftist coffee. It has the very strong smell of tyranny.

    June 12, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    [UPDATED] Did Intelligence Officials Lie to Congress about NSA Domestic Spying?
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    By his own admission giving the answer 'least truthful answer' would in fact be lying.
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    Grow up, will you. The man has probably signed and sworn an oath of secrecy. He's SUPPOSED to hide the facts in public. And, the grandstanders questioning him know that. They just count on the public's gullible ignorance to not realize the difference.

    June 12, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    So when did demcorats agree with the Patriot Act?

    Was it Obama's first inauguration day?

    June 12, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Rudy NYC

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    [UPDATED] Did Intelligence Officials Lie to Congress about NSA Domestic Spying?
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    By his own admission giving the answer 'least truthful answer' would in fact be lying.
    ----------
    Grow up, will you. The man has probably signed and sworn an oath of secrecy. He's SUPPOSED to hide the facts in public. And, the grandstanders questioning him know that. They just count on the public's gullible ignorance to not realize the difference.
    ---–

    We lie to them we get 5-10 years.
    They lie to us they get rewarded.

    Only an idiot would agree with them OR you're clearly a partisan hack nut.

    June 12, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. OMG

    Communist States of America

    Sniffit
    "Obama, NSA attack 4th amendment right to privacy, search and seizure."
    Yeah, because it was Obama and the NSA that decided the 1971 SCOTUS case that made phone record metadata fair game.
    --

    But it never became a problem until Obama... He and his government are out of control in so many ways. Americans had better wake up and smell the leftist coffee. It has the very strong smell of tyranny.

    It never became a problem until Obama? You mean you never started complaining about it until Obama. The program of spying on US citizens was happening long before Obama and the situation is no worse (or better) than it was before. You might as well just admit that when the GOP is in control it's perfectly fine and when a Dem is in control it's suddely tyranny. Lame hypocrisy at best.

    June 12, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Obama's Patriot Act cannot be trust, just like the man

    The Obama Patriot Act is a danger to everybody as long as Obama holds office. It needs to be repealed. He simply cannot be trusted the way George Bush was trusted. He has proven it too many times.

    June 12, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. ja

    don't we excute traitors

    June 12, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. sonny chapman

    It was really hard to agree w/anything that George W.did in the name of National Security because he used "9-11 Changed Everything" as a club to beat down his political opponents; especially the part that it happened on his watch. No wonder he went into shock fro 10 minutes while reading "My Pet Goat" after being told of the attack. Can you imagine the Repub. howling if the Real 9-11 had happened while a Dem. was Prez. ?

    June 12, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    So when did demcorats agree with the Patriot Act?
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    I don't agree with some aspects of the Act, but I do have respect for law, even when I disagree with it. I know Libertarians dislike the law, but neo-cons love it. The collecting of phone records does not bother me.

    What you should be upset about is that fact that you signed away your rights in your TOU, "Terms of Use", agreement, which totally non-negotiable. It's take it or leave it, when it comes to a TOU.

    You have no rights, because you agreed to forfeit them. This is similar to health insurance companies and the "Patients' Bill of Rights", which conservatives dislike, in the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare gives you some basic guarantees, instead of leaving you at the mercy of big business' whims and tender mercies.

    June 12, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Obama's Patriot Act cannot be trust, just like the man

    The Obama Patriot Act is a danger to everybody as long as Obama holds office. It needs to be repealed. He simply cannot be trusted the way George Bush was trusted
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    Really? George W. Bush used this same database to initiate warrantless wiretaps. Under the Obama administration, warrants have always been sought.

    June 12, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Rudy NYC

    Obama's Patriot Act cannot be trust, just like the man

    The Obama Patriot Act is a danger to everybody as long as Obama holds office. It needs to be repealed. He simply cannot be trusted the way George Bush was trusted
    ---------
    Really? George W. Bush used this same database to initiate warrantless wiretaps. Under the Obama administration, warrants have always been sought.
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    Did you agree with Bush then? I didn't.

    June 12, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |