NSA's Talking Points On Snowden Leaks Say To Emphasize 9/11

from the these-sound-very-familiar dept

If you've been following all the NSA stuff, you're used the regular claims from the NSA's defenders. The folks over at Al Jazeera were able to get the talking points that the NSA has been using in response to the Snowden leaks, and they're exactly everything we've been hearing -- with extra emphasis on playing up 9/11. My favorite talking point, described as a "sound bite that resonates" is:
I much prefer to be here today explaining these programs, than explaining another 9/11 event that we were not able to prevent.
You'll also note an awful lot of "we need to connect the dots," though they leave out the part about how having more data actually makes it harder to connect the dots. They also play up the "over 50 cases" of dealing with "terrorist events" -- a number that has since been totally debunked.

The documents are the basic talking points that Keith Alexander, James Clapper and others have been using in their various Congressional hearings. If you watched the hearing yesterday, for example, you'd notice that Clapper especially was almost always reading off the talking points even when asked questions (Alexander appears to feel more comfortable "winging it"). Given that, there's not much that's totally surprising -- we've heard all of this. But it's still fascinating to see it in black and white.
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Filed Under: ed snowden, james clapper, keith alexander, nsa, nsa surveillance, talking points


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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Oct 2013 @ 12:45pm

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    Al Jazeera english is very good and thorough with good british journalistic values at heart and the important freedom of being able to look at USA and Europe from the outside and thereby be free of the blindness from being from a certain country.

    Al Jazeera arabic seems to hold a different perspective entirely. It is much more entrenched in the arabic culture and that colours the way they angle their stories.

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