NSA, FBI say spy program prevented terrorist attack on New York Stock Exchange
WASHINGTON (PIX11) – The Deputy Director for the FBI, Sean Joyce, testified at a congressional hearing Tuesday where he revealed that NSA surveillance of phone and e-mail records helped prevent an attack on the New York Stock Exchange and New York City subway system.
While the subway bomb plot was long reported, with the 2009 arrests of three former classmates from Flushing High School, the Stock Exchange information was new.
Joyce testified that a subject in Yemen was being monitored for his alleged communications with an American named Khalid Ouazzani. He said because of the surveillance, we “were able to detect a nascent plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.”
The director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander had earlier testified that phone and e-mail surveillance prevented more than 50 terror plots around the world since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center that killed nearly three thousand people.
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The hearings were called after a systems analyst named Edward Snowden leaked secret documents and revealed several weeks ago the U.S. government’s program to monitor phone records and e-mails. Snowden denied he was a traitor, and is believed to be hiding out in Hong Kong.