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Major news about the National Security Agency bleaker Edwards snowed we are now learning.
He was not the only person in a position to leak those conference confidential government surveillance documents.
In fact a report from the Director of National Intelligence shows that more than a million.
When you say that again.
Won the million other contractors and non government workers.
Plus more than 3.5.
Million government employees so.
Four and a half million people.
Hold security clearances to access secret data for and a half million people.
That's how to keep a secret.
Right now top security officials are revealing more about the clearance process to lawmakers on capitol Capitol Hill and Katherine Harris says that -- what -- learned.
And each -- according to investigators falsified reports are not -- usual with these background checks for security clearances.
And reading from his prepared testimony the lead investigator described.
A lack of oversight as alarming.
If a background investigation is not conducted properly.
-- -- steps taken when issuing a security.
-- are called into question.
In a very bank case an investigator completely made up credit reports.
And they're used as a key indicator as to whether bad debt could be used to blackmail an applicant quote.
Our record -- fabricated 16100 credit checks that she never actually completed ironically her own background investigation.
Had been falsified.
By a background investigator convicted in a different fabrication case.
And in the last few minutes we've had new information about the background check.
At -- the NSA -- investigators testified that there may have been problems in his background check as well perhaps not surprised -- And seems that -- -- and they have not yet released details on those other -- terror plots about which they speak so -- What to congressional sources confirmed to Fox News that the list of fifty alleged terrorist plots disrupted with the help of these controversial data collection programs.
Was not provided to the House Intelligence Committee.
Even though that's what was promised by the NSA director earlier this week.
And now we're learning the FBI deputy director may have misspoken about the stock exchange -- plot.
-- That was in the very initial stages of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange would you say that this there.
Intention to blow up the New York Stock Exchange was a serious plot or is this something that they kind of dreamed about you know talking among -- -- -- I think the jury considered -- serious since they were all convicted.
Well it turns out there was no jury trial and the suspects cut deals.
For lesser charges what's called material support to a terrorist organization it was not connected to anything related to the New York Stock Exchange the FBI confirming.
That is deputy director misspoke but they are standing behind the substance of his statement that they believe the plot was the real deal -- The deputy director misspoke Catherine Herridge live on in Washington Catherine thank you to listen to -- the deputy director misspoke.
Of this entire thing that went on on Capitol Hill.
-- fifty terror plots have been broken up we collect this data.
And it has saved lives the New York Stock Exchange may still be standing because we did this well are we sure this data made a difference well -- You should really ask the jurors who convicted him.
No jurors convicted them of anything.
And when they pleaded to charges.
And agreed yes this is what we did.
There wasn't one single mention of the New York Stock Exchange.
Judge -- -- -- call them out the next day on it we called him out that night on it.
And the centerpiece of his statement was the jury convicted them we save the stock exchange.
None of it was true.
And he -- spoke.
On the centerpiece.
Of the argument the one example of the fifteen that they're holding up for the nation as this is why we collect this data.
And he misspoke.
At the very fundamental.
A level of what that it.
Judge in the -- Tonto.
Win is enough going to be.
Well I don't know but I hope that the American public learns -- us I hope their business -- prayed their listeners I mean we we got a a vastly different view.
From the truth then we should have gotten we've got a question -- who.
Chairman of the committee.
Former FBI agent.
Who was no more interested in telling us the truth.
Then those answering the questions that deputy director of the FBI.
And general Alexander -- had -- Billy G was the question do you have the ability to listen to our phone calls and read our emails.
He -- you know.
We do not have the authority.
Question asked and not answer so there should -- unbelievable unless the question Eric.
What's happy with that answer he should've followed up and said general that's not the question I put to you instead it was just ended right there with the impression the impression.
That they don't have the ability to do it.
Our colleague here we'll tell you what they have the ability to do but we also know from former NSA staffers -- communicated.
With boxes that they darn right do have the ability to do it not the lawful authority but the practical -- what will the congressional record be of that testimony to members of congress.
About what they've done with all of that data will the congressional record still read.
Well you'll have to ask the jurors who convicted them about the plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.
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