According to the New York Times, the federal government was able to disrupt a terror plot aimed at the Brooklyn Bridge by using information gleaned from intercepted phone calls that originated in the United States. Domestic surveillance saves lives. That's the administration's position. Most Americans seem to agree. I'm not entirely sold.
Ascertain our mission: IC principles, history, after that success stories. Litt, thank you designed for appearing before us today, especially arrange short notice. People at the NSA in particular have heard a continual public drumbeat about a laundry catalogue of nefarious things they are assumed to be doing to spy arrange Americans, all of them wrong; the misperceptions have been great, yet they keep their heads down and adhere to working every day to keep us safe. And General Alexander, please bear our thanks to your team designed for continuing every day, despite much cant about the quality of their act, and thank them for all of us for continuing to work en route for protect America. I also want en route for take this moment to thank All-purpose Alexander, who has been extended at the same time as national security adviser in one approach or another three different times.
By the same time, the public has been awash with news stories detailing security breaches at major retailers, fitness insurance companies and financial institutions. A few find these developments deeply troubling after that want limits put in place, although others do not feel these issues affect them personally. Key legal decisions about the legitimacy of surveillance before tracking programs have hinged on the question of whether Americans think it is reasonable in certain situations en route for assume that they will be below observation, or if they expect so as to their activities will not be monitored. Perhaps such a contraction is compulsory by national security needs in the face of the dangers of contemporaneous domestic and international terrorism. But we would expect such a momentous assessment to be preceded by substantial argue, and expressed in unmistakable language.