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General Alexander’s hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee

December 12, 2013

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NSA Chief and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. General Alexander claimed that mass surveillance techniques employed by the NSA are necessary to protect safety of Americans and that there is no other way to provide vital intelligence. General Alexander also mentioned that the NSA has put in place mechanisms to avoid such leaks as is the current Snowden affair. One of them is so called “two-person rule” that requires two administrators to approve access to highly sensitive material.

The hearing at Senate Judiciary Committee was part of the process to approve now legislation to improve oversight of the NSA and its surveillance activities. Judiciary Committee is chaired by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy who is one of the promoters of so called USA Freedom Act that should limit surveillance to the known terrorist suspects and allow more transparency to the protest. Such motion has been recently supported by major American technological companies. On the other hand, Obama administration and a group of Congressmen responsible for intelligence services oversight promote another draft with improved transparency but no limiting of bulk surveillance capabilities.


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