How the NSA’s Claim on Thwarting Terrorist Plots Has Spread

http://feeds.propublica.org/~r/propublica/main/~3/_fz08PmJsHw/nsa-54-cases

by Sisi Wei
, Theodoric Meyer
and Justin Elliott
In the months since revelations about NSA surveillance began, intelligence officials and members of Congress have claimed that the agency’s efforts have thwarted 54 terrorist attacks. But a review of official statements shows the NSA has been inconsistent about how many plots have actually been thwarted and what the role the spying programs played. Despite a lack of evidence, Congress and the media have rushed to repeat the most extreme version of the NSA’s claims.

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