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NSA Chief to Testify on Surveillance Program

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command speaks to reporters during the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, May 14, 2013. General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command speaks to reporters during the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, May 14, 2013.
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General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command speaks to reporters during the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, May 14, 2013.
General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command speaks to reporters during the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, May 14, 2013.
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The head of the U.S. National Security Agency will likely face tough questioning about the government's controversial surveillance program when he appears before a congressional panel Wednesday.

General Keith Alexander's appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee comes amid revelations his agency has collected e-mails other data from Internet companies through a program called PRISM.

Three of the world's biggest technology companies, U.S.-based Google, Facebook and Microsoft, are asking the Obama administration to let them reveal details of federal court orders to turn over information about their users to U.S. spy agencies.  The companies say they want everything transparent and out in the open.

Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, revealed the story about PRISM and NSA monitoring of telephone calls to The Washington Post and the British-based newspaper The Guardian.

Snowden says it is important to reveal what he says is the government's massive surveillance program on private citizens.

The U.S. government says information gathered by the NSA has foiled terrorist plots. The Justice Department is investigating possible criminal charges against Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong last month, but whose exact whereabouts are not known.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging whether the NSA spy program is constitutional. The ACLU argues that the spying violates the rights to free speech and privacy. An ACLU attorney says the constitution does not let the government carry out unsuspected surveillance of every person in the country.

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by: John Jada from: Juba-South Sudan
June 12, 2013 4:17 PM
Edward Snowden is realy not for the nation-interest, and I see that, there are some driving forces (unknown and dangerous personnel; may be some are Americans of un-nationalistic personnel and or forefingers who want to reduce US into lowest security dimensions ), these information are kept and still the US can keep control of them (information); for the total and general safeguards of the American's public and private institutions, not only at that level but for the safety of Edward Snowden as one of an American individual as well, his family, his friends, his community as well that mission was and still to be done for the American safety like each and every-American person. The same safety for other worldwide's forefingers. Therefore, Edward Snowden is up to now "wrong".
And hope all youth of United States of America, can understand the this great mistake (crime). I encourage all Americans of similar age (Edward Snowden), not to do as Edward did but, to be strong leader in their respective responsibilities, roles and duties.
May God Protect Us All.


by: Solly
June 12, 2013 11:09 AM
DH get over this, those security services are doing their job preventing harm and looking after everyone including you. Just be grateful that you live in a great Country and remind yourself of its beauty. IF you are a law abiding citizen you have nothing to fear.

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by: Happyhocus from: Alexandria, VA
June 12, 2013 1:13 PM
Yeah, that worked so well for the Boston Bombing. NSA still has to provide one single example where this mass surveillance prevented a disaster that could not have been obtained through a direct warranted interception. I love this country, but not the few select in power who are trampling our rights. If we had 'law abiding' patriots, we would still be under British rule.


by: D.H from: USA
June 12, 2013 8:30 AM
He should be immediately fired and have criminal charges brought up against him for perjury, as he flat out lied to congress. Anyone else involved in this secret program (the president & congress) should be fired/impeached for breaking the law as well. Thier failure to follow the constitution by illegal search a seizure of millions of americans personal effects is a disgrace to which this country was founded upon and what it stands for.

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