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Report suggests NSA program has thwarted few terrorist plots

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Rebecca Shabad
The Hill
January 13, 2014

report released Monday suggests a National Security Agency domestic surveillance program “has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.”

The New America Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit, analyzed 225 terrorism cases in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001 and says that the telephone metadata collection program has “only the most marginal of impacts on preventing terrorist-related activity.”

The NSA’s telephone metadata program, the report says, only helped initiate 1.8 percent of the cases reviewed. The agency’s programs monitoring foreign citizens outside the United States helped initiate 4.4 percent of those terrorism cases.

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