U.S. stopped terror atack planned for New York City's subway in 2009 thanks to NSA phone program

U.S. stopped terror atack planned for New York City's subway in 2009 thanks to NSA phone program
With civil libertarians and some congressmen complaining that the NSA's PRISM program is too broad and obtains too much information on individual American citizens instead of focusing on terrorists, reports came out on Friday that the plan might have averted a huge terror attack on U.S. soil. A senior U.S. official says that the program helped prevent a massive terrorist attack aimed for the New York City subway system in 2009.

On Thursday, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, hinted that the program thwarted a major terrorist attack, although he said no more than that. On Friday, Senior U.S. intelligence officials said that a combination of the phone records program and other intercepts, helped prevent the attack on New York's subway from going into effect. The praise of the phone records program in stopping the attack comes despite court testimony that it originally was an email that led investigators to the plot.

Saying that he was recruited by an al-Qaida leader in Pakistan, Afghan-American Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty in the 2009 plot. He had sent an email to a Yahoo email address seeking help with his bomb recipe. Both British and U.S. intelligence operations were monitoring this Yahoo account. This still doesn't explain how the phone program helped with the investigation unless Zazi's calls were being monitored, which would have helped the U.S. and U.K. know what he was up to. The problem with obtaining records about the incident is that the program is classified. The PRISM program allegedly allows the NSA to collect metadata on calls over the Verizon, AT&T and Sprint networks.

source: AP

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1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

yea right ....

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The problem is that since everything about PRISM and the other alphabet soup programs is classified top secret and above, no one without a top secret security clearance knows whether the claims made about the programs are true or lies. I am waiting for someone to claim that PRISM contributed to finding Osama bin Laden.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

they can even claim that they found unicorns and fairies , even with this incident they never show relevant documents to prove it , that's because they know they are the people behind it and they will blow their own backs in the process

11. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Exactly, US gov murdered not only hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq by lie about mass destruction weapons existence..... Don't trust a word the murder

2. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

its when stories like this come out of the woodworks you know they are doing everything they can to cover their own arse this is a common case of "TRYING WAY TO DAMN HARD" to make "THE GUILTY LOOK GOOD"... As an American, I apologize for my coutry's insanity that is slowly spreading throught the world... MONEY MONEY MONEY POWER POWER POWER

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Welcome to life in a corporatocracy. :-(

13. papss unregistered

I don't apologize for crap.. We've done far more good than bad. I think it comes from throughout into the US. The problem is that we let far to many in without question and they stay here, get an education, teach others how to kill us. When a religion is designed to kill for "their" god if you don't believe then how do you reason with them? We need to stop worrying about hurting feelings

37. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Its no strange thing that you are being preached to hate Muslims by the govt. which is on the verge to make you guys robot and take the place of your GOD. You will not believe the words of Jesus, Muhammed or Mosses but you will believe every word that your govt says. And you should know that "A little knowledge is dangerous" before spreading hatred towards others belief.

39. bulgyjj

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Please... Talk about being brain washed... Lets kill ourselves just to make anyone who doesn't believe our religion as fact pay.. I don't know anymore hatred than that. Our founding fathers would roll over in their graves to see us let them come in and spew their hatred willingly. No one is believing everything they the government says.. The funny thing is when extremist announce it was them that did the crime... How are you even arguing against that? I am completely agreeing with Papps on this.

43. kenobi

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You need to stop worrying about your own pride and feeling when taking the real things and facts and judging comprehensively coz that would be part of growing up

6. amancarlos

Posts: 42; Member since: May 09, 2012

lolwut, let the stories come, white house! let thy stories come

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And here comes propaganda...

8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I feel safe now..:)

10. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

now we you know if we want to keep something confidential should never use an email server in us.. because all your email are belong to us.

14. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012


15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


17. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I really couldn't care less. Whether you like it or not, it has to be done.

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U rather have our own dumb gov't spy on US n listening too our phone conversation?

19. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Once something else comes up everyone will forget about it and move on anyway.

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

That's right such is our people today, but does you think it is right? I think it is not right.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I blame the Bush administration that started this program.

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

That's the way it works in intelligence: Failure is famous, success is silent.

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

If there were a little more transparency, they wouldn't have to pull out the damage control PR wagon when things like reports on PRISM surface to prove they've actually been somewhat beneficial.

26. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

the new world order has arrived !

27. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

people of goverment are terrorists and criminals with a expensince suits . from us comes all of this ! know how , technology , production, anything we see and we have ! not goverment or any corporation , that the only thing they care is to make the money flow ! the knowlege of goverment is how to cheat people with lies and how creates situation to make people addicted from them

28. MelvinPainter

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

So that explains the Boston Bombing.

29. MelvinPainter

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

They were not after the terrorist, they were after anyone that disagreed with them. opisshead is the epitiome of a kenyan dictator.

33. joey18

Posts: 666; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i dont care if is our security most of terrorist came from airplane looks thos russian guys less the 6 years they are residents i'm latino it took me more then 10 years to get work permit i'm not resident yet so i have to be russian arabian to be USA resident and 7 years look what happen

42. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012


45. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Never trust government. They do not have your best interests in mind. In a relates story: I stopped my neighbor from burning his tongue from eating hot soup because I was looking through his window.

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