NSA chief: Surveillance has stopped dozens of terror events

June 12, 2013 22:08

WASHINGTON - The director of the National Security Agency said on Wednesday that recently disclosed top-secret US surveillance programs have helped to prevent "dozens" of potential terrorist events.

NSA chief General Keith Alexander made the comments at a Senate hearing when asked if the intelligence community could estimate how much the agency's broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data had helped prevent a terror attack.

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