NSA Chief: Phone-Tracking Was Just a Test
Agency wanted to see if it could be done, he says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 3, 2013 2:32 AM CDT
National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Top US intelligence officials are revealing more about their spying in an effort to defend the National Security Agency from charges that it has invaded the privacy of Americans on a mass scale. But the latest disclosure—that the NSA tried to track law-abiding Americans' cell phone locations—is only adding to the concerns of lawmakers.

NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress yesterday that his spy agency ran tests in 2010 and 2011 to see if it was technically possible to gather US cell-site data that can show where a cell phone user has traveled. Alexander says the information was never used and the testing was reported to congressional intelligence committees. He also denied reports that the NSA has mined Americans' social media.

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NorCalHal
Oct 13, 2013 6:25 PM CDT
I find in absolutely incredulous that people use cell phones, social media or any non hardwired electronic device and then are surprised that others can hear, see or read everything they send. Are you ALL brain dead? There is NO presumed or privileged privacy when you broadcast out over the airwaves! If you want to say or send things you don't want others to know buy a scrambler or use UPS.
1freeusa
Oct 4, 2013 5:43 AM CDT
The NSA needs to be abolished for abuse of power and Unamerican activities, and all of the executive decision makers should be executed for treason against the American people............This is just a test opinion
user99
Oct 3, 2013 1:54 PM CDT
Just a test, so they could roll out a bigger version.