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NSA: We Only Scrutinized 300 Numbers
But that helped break up 'dozens' of terror plots
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
This Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo shows the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – The NSA would like you to know that, while it may have data on millions of phone calls from US carriers, it only sought detailed information on less than 300 phone numbers. That's according to an (unclassified) government memo making the rounds, reports Reuters, in an apparent attempt to underscore that the spying was limited in scope. But the spying apparently paid big dividends, breaking up "dozens of potential terrorist plots here in the homeland and in more than 20 countries around the world." Notable among them was a 2009 plot to bomb the New York City subway, adds Fox News. American intelligence officials say they're working to declassify more cases to prove the merit of the system.

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Jun 17, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
I am concerned that if it gets shut down and this gov wants it in place that all of a sudden we will be having more terrorist attacks and plots till the public is begging for this "safety feature" to be put back in place and also what if they start taking in "terrorist suspects" now over it to show the public how "effective" it is so as to not have it shut down? I really have no idea how far the powers that be are willing to go to keep this in place and that sucks. The reality of all this crap that's been surfacing... the bottom line is you should not trust these people at all.. its truly annoying at best ..really there does not seem to be a good side to this leak lol..
Jun 17, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD .... The NSA only scrutinized 300 phone numbers .. that led to 15,000 more phone numbers .. that led to another 400,000 phone numbers .. that finally led to every phone number in the world .. in every language. The NSA checked (1) phone, to see who they were calling .. and checked-out the phone numbers, that they called, and then checked, the phone numbers they were calling .. and now .. who's number in the world are they checking? My opinion? .. it reminds me of that song .. "I started a smile, that got the whole world smiling" -------------- REALLY
Jun 17, 2013 4:49 AM CDT
I don't believe anything NSA says.