Is America far more vulnerable to attack thanks to the policies of Barack Obama? Is in fact America less safe? Why not ask someone who has been there?
Matthias Schwartz of The New Yorker interviewed General Keith B. Alexander, who retired in March after eight years as the director of the N.S.A. – he might have some insight.
Here’s what General Alexander had to say about risks to national security.
Let’s look at what’s happening right now. The number of terrorist attacks in 2012—do you know how many there were globally? Six thousand seven hundred and seventy-one. Over ten thousand people killed. In 2013, it would grow to over ten thousand terrorist attacks and over twenty thousand people killed.
The probability of an attack getting through to the United States, just based on the sheer numbers, from 2012 to 2013, go from just eleven thousand to twenty thousand, what does that tell you? That’s more. That’s fair, right?
[Twenty thousand] deaths. People killed. From terrorist attacks. These aren’t my stats. The University of Maryland does it for the State Department.
The probability is growing. What I saw at N.S.A. is that there is a lot more coming our way. Just as someone is revealing all the tools and the capabilities we have. What that tells me is we’re at greater risk. I can’t measure it. You can’t say, Well, is that enough to get through? I don’t know. It means that the intel community, the military community, and law enforcement are going to work harder.
…Remember, under three hundred numbers each year were approved for B.R.-FISA queries in 2012. Every one of those is audited. Now Congress is saying they’re not sure they understood it. O.K. So go back and debate it.
And then, if something bad happens, then my comment would be, O.K., you took away that tool. But if there’s a terrorist attack, know that you made our job harder. I really am concerned that something bad’s going to happen.
And I don’t want to be Chicken Little. But I do think people need to know that we’re at greater risk, and there’s a lot more coming my way. It’s easy to stir up public emotion by saying: They’re listening to your phone calls. They’re reading your e-mails. And the answer is, if they’re doing that, they should be punished. Unless there is an authority to do it.
Law enforcement personnel are going to have to work harder and we’re at greater risk of an attack by terrorists. What’s wrong with this picture? Tools are not in place to gather intelligence without invading the privacy of America’s law abiding citizens.
And we have a president who cannot effectively perform as Commander in Chief. He keeps proving it throughout his encore performance. Thank God he isn’t eligible for another return engagement!
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