10/01/2014
US President Can't Identify a Terrorist Attack Prevented by the NSA

With all the surveillance scandal going on, we should be informed on what the results are for the illegal NSA surveillance. Questions like, what good has it done? How many lives were saved? , always come up. It would be great to know these things but when the US president Barack Obama was asked regarding the matter, he is unable to cite at least one terrorist plot that is foiled.

In a recent press briefing, President Obama was in the hot seat when he was asked by a reported from Reuters to name just an example of a terrorist attack that has been prevented by the NSA surveillance program that is currently running in Fort Meade, Maryland. He could not give a specific answer and instead, he always went back to the September 11 attack on the United States. He reiterated the 3,000 American lives that were lost on one single day and that these attacks could now be prevented because of the NSA surveillance program. It just doesn't feel right if you can't cite just one example of a terrorist plot. With the $8 billion budget per year, the United States citizens need to see proof where their tax money is being spent on.

Furthermore, Obama said that if they are able to track cell phone calls of known terrorists outside the United States as they are calling the mainland, they will certainly be able to identify if something is going down. Yes, it's a good prevention scheme but the question still remains. What is the plot that is foiled? What terrorist group is involved?

Of course, we can't expect the President of the United States to tell the world how exactly they were able to prevent terrorist attacks. That information could compromise the whole surveillance system. The public just wants to hear at least one incident or plot that was prevented. The public is infuriated and curious of the NSA scandal and they just want to see results on the table. They can't do anything about the surveillance system because it's all in place and motion. They can just watch and hopefully, they will feel safer.

When asked, the former director of the CIA, Michael Morell, says that they have tried their best to come up with at least one example to give away to the public. They even coordinated with the different branches of government just to cite one instance, but still to no avail.

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