NSA data programs 'helped foil' bomb plot

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NSA data programs 'helped foil' bomb plot

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The surveillance of telephone and internet communications by the US government has helped to deter plots, including a planned bomb attack on the New York Stock Exchange, Sean Joyce, deputy director of the FBI revealed on Tuesday.

In a testimony to the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee during a hearing on National Security Agency data gathering programs, Joyce said agents “were able to detect a nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange” while monitoring a known extremist in Yemen.

According to US officials, the programs have helped to foil more than 50 terrorist plots worldwide.

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