The head of the NSA, while taking questions from Congress yesterday, denied that his agency has a domestic spying program. This directly contradicts a story posted last week by Wired that claimed the agency used a supercomputer to spy on e-mail and phone calls around the globe.
Alexander said “No,” adding that the “NSA does not have the ability to do that in the United States.” Elaborating, Alexander added: “We don’t have the technical insights in the United States. In other words, you have to have [...] some way of doing that either by going to a service provider with a warrant or you have to be collecting in that area. We’re not authorized to do that, nor do we have the equipment in the United States to collect that kind of information.”