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National Security Agency (NSA) chief Gen. Keith Alexander told lawmakers on Wednesday that the figures issued by the Obama administration about terrorist plots foiled by NSA surveillance are misleading.
The public statements made by intelligence officials about the NSA surveillance programs have been notoriously misleading in the past, with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper outright lying under oath to Congress.
Alexander also told legislators that the agency secretly tested bulk collection of Americans’ cellphone location information in 2010 and 2011, though they supposedly scrapped the program, according to The New York Times.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) pressed the alleged link between bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and foiled terror attacks.