The Obama administration’s credibility on intelligence suffered another blow Wednesday as the chief of the National Security Agency admitted that officials put out numbers that vastly overstated the counterterrorism successes of the government’s warrantless bulk collection of all Americans’ phone records.
Pressed by the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing, Gen. Keith B. Alexander admitted that the number of terrorist plots foiled by the NSA’s huge database of every phone call made in or to America was only one or perhaps two — far smaller than the 54 originally claimed by the administration.
This is how you lose the American public trust. Deceit and lies while a necessary part of espionage is not a good thing for US agencies and Congress. By Congress I mean the U.S. people through their representatives. Now I know the trust in our representatives isn’t real high now either but the point is this cannot continue as it is.
What bothers me is that for the most part I’m sure the NSA like most intelligence agencies are full of great hard working people. But again like most government agencies it’s lead by political hacks most often that do and say anything their told. Then even when caught in outright lies nothing can be done if they are supported by the administration. Of course this still comes back to the voting public and what they will allow. We at this time in history will allow an awful lot.