Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:05 am
Leahy, NSA clash over number of thwarted plots
By PETE YOSTAssociated Press
In today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the Vermont Democrat disputed comments by the head of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, who has said the phone and internet surveillance disrupted 54 schemes by militants. Leahy said a list of the relevant plots provided to Congress does not reflect dozens or, as he said, "let alone 54 as some have suggested."
The NSA's deputy director, John Inglis, said the phone surveillance contributed to disrupting or discovering attacks 12 times. Inglis said the 54 involved both the phone records program and a separate initiative gathering Internet data.