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NSA Mass Surveillance Useless, Former National-Security Official Says

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Feb
2014

SAN FRANCISCO — The National Security Agencys telephone-metadata collection program has been completely useless at preventing terrorist attacks, a prominent former government official said yesterday (Feb. 25). Speaking on a panel at the RSA security conference here, former White House national-security official Richard Clarke refuted the governments claim that 55 possible terrorist incidents had been stopped by the metadata program, called Section 215 after the language in the USA Patriot Act that made it possible. MORE: Can You Hide Anything from the NSA?

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