To some, NSA snooping a comfort; those overseas may see agency out of control
Testifying on Capitol Hill before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, are, from left: Deputy National Security Director Chris Inglis, National Security Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 am
When Ban Ki Moon, the U.N. secretary-general, sat down with President Barack Obama at the White House in April to discuss Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and climate change, it was a cordial, routine exchange.
The National Security Agency nonetheless went to work in advance and intercepted Ban's talking points for the meeting, a feat that the agency later reported as an “operational highlight” in a weekly internal brag sheet. It is hard to imagine what edge this could have given Obama in a friendly chat, if he even saw the NSA's modest scoop. (The White House won't say.)
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