For NSA Chief, Terrorist threat Drives Passion To 'Collect It All,' Observers Say - VIDEOSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 14:08
For NSA Chief, Terrorist threat Drives Passion To 'Collect It All,' Observers Say - VIDEO
By Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick, Published: July 14
In late 2005, as Iraqi roadside bombings were nearing an all-time peak, the National Security Agency’s newly appointed chief began pitching a radical plan for halting the attacks that were killing or wounding a dozen Americans a day.
At the time, more than 100 teams of U.S. analysts were scouring Iraq for snippets of electronic data that might lead to the bomb-makers and their hidden factories. But the NSA director, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, wanted more than mere snippets. He wanted everything: Every Iraqi text message, phone call and e-mail that could be vacuumed up by the agency’s powerful computers.