August 1, 2013 9:00 PM
General Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, recently took the stage at the Black Hat security conference to reiterate that what the NSA is up to is legal, efficacious and, frankly, hardly controversial. Given Glenn Greenwald's deep and broad leaks concerning the general's activities, the NSA had a skeptical audience to convert to its side. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says that classified details of the recently revealed government collection of phone records shows little evidence that the program helped prevent dozens of terrorist attacks, as claimed by the head of the National Security Agency. John Inglis, the deputy director of the U.S. National Security Agency says no one has been fired and no one has offered to resign over former security contractor Edward Snowden's ability to take large amounts of classified data from agency computers.