June 18th, 2013
01:46 PM ET

Surveillance thwarted stock exchange bomb plot, officials say

By Dana Bash and Tom Cohen

Bomb plots targeting the New York Stock Exchange and the city's subway were among more than 50 worldwide thwarted by top-secret surveillance programs since the 2011 al Qaeda attacks on the United States, authorities said on Tuesday.

Gen. Keith Alexander, National Security Agency director, FBI and other officials revealed startling details at a House Intelligence Committee hearing aimed at finding out more about the telephone and e-mail surveillance initiatives that came to light this month through leaks of classified information to newspapers.

It was the most comprehensive and specific defense of those methods that have come under ferocious criticism from civil liberties groups, some members of Congress and others concerned about the reach of government into the private lives of citizens in the interest of national security.

National security and law enforcement officials asserted that the leaks were egregious and carry huge consequences for national security.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Pretty Obvious

    9/11 was in 2001. Not 2011.

    June 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  2. Cigarcity

    Throw a shoe at those enemies of the republic.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  3. California

    Yes and I'm sure they have proof of it (sarcasm).

    The government's credibility is shot with me.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  4. lance

    run the muslems out of the u.s. we wouldnt need all this survalence on americans, stop immigration and problem is solved.

    June 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  5. George Patton-2

    Does anyone truly believe this mumbo-jumbo about how this surveillance "saved" the NYSE? It sounds fishy to me! It most likely was invented by the right-wing thugs in Washington in order to save their political hides and again fool the public into supporting this ignominy. Unfortunately, this will most likely succeed!

    June 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Thank you, George. Your comment above is quite credible. At least you can think unlike these idiotic warmongers here who take everything this government says for the blasphemous truth!

      June 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  6. George Patton-2

    Good job NSA !!!! I am with you one hundred percent on this one; I say just don't collect their emails and phone data, but install cameras on them too and watch where they go or what they do; other day they arrested several Pakistani nationals in NY, VA for stealing SSN, IDs, credit card numbers, and illegally transporting Pakistanis and making them human slaves, making them work in 7-11s FREE !!!!.

    June 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Sorry folks, I never posted the above. Some Tea Partying jerk is trying to make me look dumb. Phunnie boy's at it again so just ignore the above!!!

      June 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Thank you, George. Your comment above is quite credible. At least you can think unlike these idiotic muslim huggers here who take everything this government says for the blasphemous truth!

      June 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply

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