Greenwald: Is U.S.
Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA
On Sunday, Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the
Senate Intelligence Committee, said the decision to close the
embassies was based on information collected by the National
Security Agency. "If we did not have these programs, we simply
would not be able to listen in on the bad guys,"
Greenwald explains, "Here we are in the midst of one of the most
intense debates and sustained debates that we've had in a very
long time in this country over the dangers of excess
surveillance, and suddenly, an administration that has spent two
years claiming that it has decimated al-Qaeda decides that there
is this massive threat that involves the closing of embassies
and consulates around the world. ... The controversy is over the
fact that they are sweeping up billions and billions of emails
and telephone calls every single day from people around the
world and in the United States who have absolutely nothing to do
Posted August 06,
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