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N.S.A. Director Gives Firm And Broad Defense Of Surveillance Efforts

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency testifes during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on oversight of the foreign intelligence surveillance act. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | Getty

FORT MEADE, Md. — The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to the N.S.A.’s bulk collection of telephone and other electronic metadata from Americans. But he acknowledged that his agency now faced an entirely new reality, and the possibility of Congressional restrictions, after revelations about its operations at home and abroad.

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