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Black Hat: NSA Chief General Alexander Defends His Operations

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Alexander emphasized that the NSA can and does audit the actions of its personnel. He refuted media reports that the NSA is collecting everything on everyone as simply not being true. The NSA focuses on programs that go after content that might represent a threat to the U.S., he said.

"We have a metadata program that helps us to connect the dots in the least intrusive way we can," Alexander said.

Alexander was interrupted by a heckler who yelled out, "Read the Constitution!"

Alexander responded, "I have, and you should too!"

"The whole reason i came here is to ask you to help us make it better," Alexander told the Black Hat crowd. "If you disagree, then you should want to help us twice as much."

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
Black Hat: NSA Chief Alexander Talks About PRISM

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.