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The NSA Isn’t Foiling Terrorist Plots
There’s still no credible evidence that the NSA’s massive digital surveillance has disrupted any terrorist plots.
Admittedly we do not know how all terrorist plots have been detected. But going by what we do know, the conclusion is simple: terrorist plots have been foiled in all sorts of ways, few of which had anything to do with mass digital surveillance. True, in the case of the dismantlement of the Sauerland Cell in Germany in 2007, NSA information played a role. But whether the authorities got this information from “digital dragnet surveillance” or from more individualized and targeted monitoring is hard to tell…
The first credible piece of evidence that these programs are doing any good in the fight against terrorism has yet to surface. Until such evidence is provided, the Obama administration is only eroding the trust of the citizens it is claiming to protect.
First Interview with Edward Snowden:
Edward Snowden, “The Work of a Generation,” October 1, 2013: