On Saturday, U.S. intelligence officials released new information regarding two controversial National Security Agency surveillance programs. The intelligence officials claim that NSA surveillance halted potential terrorist plots in over 20 nations, including the United States. Additionally, they claim that the NSA’s database of millions of phone records is queried relatively rarely — only 300 phone numbers were checked against the database, according to the officials.
In total, intelligence officials claim the surveillance programs have disrupted “dozens” of terrorist plots. Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who chair the Senate and House committees on intelligence, both claimed that the NSA phone records database was used to catch Najibullah Zazi, who was later convicted of a plot to bomb the New York subway.