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1030 in New York here again SA director says that program some of which were lead by Edwards noted.
Have already prevent multiple terror attacks in because of the exposure to the program.
He's concerned the US and our allies are now at serious risk.
Great harm -- already been done.
By opening this up.
And the consequence I believe is our security is jeopardize there's no doubt in my mind.
That we will lose capabilities as a result of this and that not only the United States but those allies that it we have helped.
Will no longer be as safe as they were two weeks ago.
He set a whole lot yesterday -- -- bring in general Jack -- a retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army.
-- a Fox News Channel military analysts say -- -- -- good morning good morning to you known this man for some time general Alexander what did you think of what he said yesterday specifically.
About great harm already being done our security.
Has been jeopardize how what -- to understand.
You know -- he's in his eighth year as a director of National Security Agency.
And he served four secretaries of defense and he's leaving -- -- is -- -- Of his own volition they really want him stay longer and why because he's brilliant he's on pretentious and he's enormously competent and it puts the needs of the country first all the time.
So when he says something like that and he's a he's a man of few words quite frankly.
You've got to take it seriously what he is saying we will lose capability.
And we will put Americans at risk very sobering statement.
And -- -- that's how outrageous this is that Snowdon has revealed these programs of the world and done something like up to his own.
What I thought what general Alexander say yesterday he carried a lot of credibility to and I appreciate you recognizing the relationship -- -- with him however what he said though at one point is that.
But we've had programs that are led to the disruption.
Of dozens of terrorist plots.
But there were no specifics and no details.
And if you want to convince Americans that the program does work.
Why not give us specifics.
Well I think don't.
Probably give more than what they have -- -- The congressman asked that and I think he said he would get back to him.
You know that in in writing the fact that a matter of some of these some of these details are so specific in terms of what we what we did.
That it will reveal.
Sources and methods and I don't think it's an attempt to keep something from the American people actually the very proud of what they've been able to do.
And and that's the harsh reality of it that we've stopped numerous attacks on on this country and electronic surveillance.
What what we -- talking about here.
Has done more of that than anything else truth there's that your convinced that the system works in the system should be kept in place and I don't know would you go one step further even argue that.
Maybe the system needs to be expanded more than it is today.
Well I think what will -- bill just as we've been conducting.
Surveillance of communications system beginning of war and has technology changed from.
From wire to telephone.
And now to the to the Internet -- communications surveillance has got to change whether it.
So it wouldn't surprise me that five years from now we'll will have some different capacity.
To gather electronic surveillance and -- that's the case and how you get a balanced national security.
And what you explained -- -- general Alexander did yesterday with with the privacy of Americans.
Now how to we strike that that balance that's acceptable.
-- I think that that's a great question and I think the discussion we're having.
This last week and will continue on for a while certainly it is is a good ones but the fact of the matter ruse.
In a democracy this program is an authorized program it.
Approved by the congress of the United -- You have to go to the foreign intelligence surveillance court to get permission to use though.
The cup capability that you have.
And you also have to report out to a it's too special committees in the congress what you have done and what the results are.
Of that as well that's that's quite formidable I think.
A program like this and it's appropriate for the month to.
-- just want more more point on this though you know during the bush years the big debate was over what phone calls are you.
Not listen to record -- -- are you tracking.
And this whole national debate was about no all -- -- has taken a phone -- from overseas and making sure we understand who's calling here.
To keep America safe and now we're learning through these leaks of the program as much more than that.
At what what I think our government officials of command and said is that you should have known this was happening since nine elevenths everybody knew what we're really did not.
And how that we get to that and why I think there's a lot of misinformation about his program what it's not.
And I think now that there's so much revelation about it but -- I think government officials Joseph Alexander.
Should explain it in full what it really have a president that well just give us an idea.
I tell -- what you're doing.
The absence of his voice on businesses is quite stunning given -- revelation.
And given the exposure right I really would have hot would have.
Expected him to champion what we have accomplished was.
With this program and and partially justify it as the commander in chief and president -- -- -- for the American people.
But -- that we haven't had any abuse of -- that we're aware of we probably will at some point.
But that doesn't mean we scrap the program only on the -- what do abuses specs that hold people accountable to move on -- general thank you.
Jeff -- -- -- here in New York.
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