NSA Chief: 'We're Doing...the Right Thing' Conducting Surveillance on Citizens

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | June 12, 2013 | 4:27 PM EDT

National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander said today that, even though the administration is doing "the right thing" by conducting surveillance on citizens, it still takes "great pride" in protecting their civil liberties.

Gen. Keith Alexander appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee today and defended the government's surveillance programs:

"I think what we're doing to protect Americans citizens here is the right thing. Our agency takes great pride in protecting this nation and our civil liberties and privacy, in doing it in partnership with this committee, with this Congress, and with the courts. We have everybody there.

"We aren't trying to hide it. We're trying to protect America. So, we need your help in doing that. This isn't something that's just NSA or the administration doing on its own; this is what we -- that our nation expects - our government to do for us. So we outta have that debate and put it out there, and put those two together."

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