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House intel chairman says Americans will support surveillance programs

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., predicted on Sunday that Americans would ultimately support the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance methods once they learn more about the programs.

“If you can see just the number of cases where we’ve actually stopped a plot, I think Americans will come to a different conclusion than all the misleading rhetoric I’ve heard over the last few weeks,” Rogers said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Rogers added, “This is a lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it — we’ve used it sparingly.”

Like NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander in recent days, Rogers said the data gathering had thwarted “dozens” of terrorist attacks.

According to the lawmaker, additional examples of foiled terror plots are expected to be unveiled in coming days. He said officials are determining how to declassify information without weakening national security.

“We don’t want to draw a roadmap for the folks who are trying to kill Americans at home,” he explained.

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