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NSA chief says programs disrupted 50 terrorist plots
NSA chief says programs disrupted 50 terrorist plots

Under growing pressure over recently disclosed surveillance programs, the head of the National Security Agency told lawmakers Tuesday that gathering telephone data and monitoring Internet use has helped to disrupt more than 50 "potential terrorist events" since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Gen. Keith Alexander and other officials, testifying before a largely sympathetic House Intelligence Committee, identified two new cases — an alleged plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and a U.S. resident who helped finance a terrorist group in Somalia — that they said proved the worth of the surveillance programs disclosed this month by former Marylander Edward Snowden....

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