August 4th, 2013
11:17 AM ET

Debate over NSA programs gets renewed attention amid terror threat

By Ashley Killough

There's no proof that the current terror threats in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond were uncovered through a federal program that monitors domestic telephone data, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday.

"There's no indication, unless I'm proved wrong later, that that program which collects vast amounts of … domestic telephone data contributed to information about this particular plot," Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union."

The scope of the secret program set off a political firestorm over civil liberties when a leaked document detailing it was published this summer. Officials say the program only collects metadata of domestic phone calls – under federal court permission – not actual conversations.

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  1. mdcambridge

    - NSA failed to detect any chatter on Abu Ghraib breakout.
    - NSA failed to detect anything on Boston bombings.
    - NSA failed to detect Benghazi attack.

    Now we are to believe that unspecified chatter is causing an immanent attack on our other embassies. Did they detect anything specific, or are the hundreds of al Qaeda prisoners that they didn't manage to keep incarcerated the real evidence?

    Why is this information being "leaked?" Shouldn't this be classified to track the threat? Won't this be telling them that we know they are up to something?

    In the end, if there is no attack, the NSA will claim that their inside information saved the day by warning everyone. Benghazi?

    August 7, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
  2. Ray Pasley

    Below is a link from another valid news outlet that shows the depth illegal erosion of international privacy as well as privacy within American borders. Although this use of the NSA data was against drugs within the US, it could just as welll be used for many other purposes, remember watergate.

    Not sure if this post will get by the T&C's of CNN due to the link included.

    August 6, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well said, Ray. Thank you.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  3. PJ

    Hmmmmm- Widespread public debate on NSA Domestic Spying and POOF! All of a sudden OOOOH!!!! We're getting LOTS of chatter out of Yemen!!! QUICK!!! BE FEARFUL!!! DON"T QUESTION!!!!! IF YOU SHUT US DOWN THE TERRORISTS WIN!!!!!!!! HA! HA! Welcome to the Gullible States of America. Nice to see such FINE Journalism on this CNN...

    August 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Well posted, PJ. Thank you.

      August 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply

    The debate over the FISA court is and should be getting the same attention. It's been a rubberstamp for the government. See that debate on

    August 5, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
  5. Admin

    Reblogged this on World Chaos News.

    August 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  6. Khatun

    Ergo – what the gov said turns out true and the truth will set you free.

    August 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  7. Quinton

    For all we know, these "terrorist" threat could have been invented in order to scare the public into supporting their spying on all of us. As Rep. Adam Schiff said, there is no concrete evidence. I guess that we'll never know for sure!

    August 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  8. adamfhutton

    Reblogged this on Journalism Ends Here.

    August 4, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply

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