Terror plots against New York Stock Exchange and subways thwarted by spying, NSA director says

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(CNN) — Plots to bomb the New York subway system and the New York Stock Exchange were among more than 50 stopped by secret surveillance programs, the director of the National Security Agency and other officials disclosed Tuesday.

The programs also helped stop a plan to attack the office of a Danish newspaper that came under heat for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in 2006, according to Sean Joyce, the deputy director of the FBI.

The disclosures by Joyce and NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander came before a House Intelligence Committee hearing in which officials said they would declassify information on the thwarted plots.

Panel Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers welcomed Alexander’s testimony on the benefits of the secret programs.

“I think you have struck the right balance between protecting sources and methods, and maintaining the public’s trust, by providing more examples of how these authorities have helped disrupt terrorist plots and connections,” Rogers, a Michigan Republican, said in his opening statement.

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