NSA officials told to evoke 9/11 sympathies when justifying mass surveillance
2013 10 31

By Anthony Cuthbertson | ITProPortal



A newly released internal document reveals details of how officials at the American National Security Agency (NSA) should cite 9/11 and the fear of future attacks when answering questions about the spying programme.

Al Jazeera America obtained the government document through a Freedom of Information Act request, which details ’soundbites that resonate’ and suggested talking points when dealing with the media and with Congress following the spy scandal that originated from leaked NSA documents by former contractor Edward Snowden.

Included in the ’soundbites that resonate’, is the suggested response: "I much prefer to be here today explaining these programs, than explaining another 9/11 event that we were not able to prevent."

In the 27 page document, the phrase ’9/11’ is mentioned a total of fifteen times. Statements include: "NSA and its partners must make sure we connect the dots so that the nation is never attacked again like it was on 9/11," as well as, "Post-9/11 we made several changes and added a number of capabilities to enable us to connect the dots," "If we had Section 215 in place prior to 9/11, we may have known that 9/11 hijacker Khalid Al Midhar was located in San Diego," and "In recent years, these programs together with other intelligence have protected the US and our allies from terrorist threats across the globe, to include helping to prevent over 50 potential terrorist events since 9/11."

[...]

Read the full article at: itproportal.com



READ: NSA Spying Did Not Result In a SINGLE Foiled Terrorist Plot







“Those who wish to do us harm now know how we counter their actions; this had done irreversible harm to our nation’s security.”

“From my perspective this is not a political debate, this is a national security issue.”

“These programs have helped prevent over 50 terrorist events since 9/11, while also carefully protecting civil liberties and privacy of our citizens.”

“Every time there are disclosures, it makes our job harder."


Many of these, or a version have them, have been utilized by intelligence officials over the last four months.

As if on cue, just yesterday, in front of a congressional hearing, NSA Chief Keith Alexander wanted to speak "from the heart."

He said: “How did we end up here? 9/11. Two-thousand nine-hundred and ninety-six people were killed on 9/11. We all distinctly remember that. What I remember most is those firemen running up the stairs to save people, and then lose their lives.”

Source




Related Articles
The House Passes CISPA ’Cybersecurity Bill’, Boston Bombings Invoked As Reason
FBI calls people with 9/11 doubts ’potential terrorists’
9/11’s First Victim: An Israeli Elite Counter Terrorism Super Soldier and Billionaire IT Genius?
Reality Check: More Americans "Rethinking" 9/11?
NSA Still Growing in Wake of 9/11
Susan Lindauer: Bush & Cheney Knew About 9/11 Months Before It Happened
FBI chief Mueller says spy tactics could have stopped 9/11 attacks
Invoking 9/11 Terrorism Terrorism Terrorism Terrorism...
NSA MEDIA STRATEGY: When All Else Fails, Mention 9/11


Latest News from our Front Page

Norway Joins the Race to Develop Killer Robots
2014 10 24
Norway is a large exporter of weapons, which makes the resolution of the debate about creating killer robots an important issue for everyone.  One could debate the overall merits or failings of robotic systems, but an area that clearly has become a point for concern on all sides is the emergence of "killer robots." According to robotics pioneer, David Hanson, ...
Gene That Once Aided Survival in the Arctic Found to Have Negative Impact on Health Today
2014 10 23
In individuals living in the Arctic, researchers have discovered a gene variant that arose thousands of years ago and most likely provided an evolutionary advantage for processing high-fat diets or for surviving in a cold environment; however, the variant also seems to increase the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, and infant mortality in today’s northern populations. {snip} “Our work ...
The Ebola hoax: questions, answers, and the false belief in the “One It”
2014 10 23
“The Reality Manufacturing Company doesn’t just sell ‘fake paintings’ that are easy to spot. No. They also sell images that are geared to mesh with people’s deeply held instincts and thereby produce rigid false beliefs. People are sure that if they gave up such beliefs, their world would fall apart and blow away in the wind.” ...
New Controversial Theory Suggests "Hobbits" Were Not Human - Who Were These Mysterious Beings?
2014 10 23
The origin of the Hobbit species remains a challenging subject to scientists. The Hobbit’s discovery confirmed the view that the Earth was once populated by many species of human, but new research the Hobbit’s were not human at all! So, who were these mysterious beings? Where did they come from? The idea that our species, Homo sapiens, was the only species of human on ...
Right into enemy hands? ISIS shows off new weapons allegedly airdropped by US (VIDEO)
2014 10 23
Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani. The undated video, posted by the unofficial IS mouthpiece “a3maq news”, sees a jihadist showing several boxes of munitions with English-language markings, with a parachute spread out on ...
More News »