NSA Script Advised Officials To Inject 9/11 As Talking Point To Justify Mass Surveillance
Underlings at spy agency were given orders to invoke terror attacks
Oct 30, 2013
A newly released internal NSA document reveals that officials at the NSA were advised to deliberately invoke the specter of the 9/11 attacks when talking to members of Congress, the media, or when making public addresses, as a way of justifying its mass surveillance programs.
The 29 page document, obtained by Al Jazeera writer Jason Leopold via the Freedom of Information Act, appears to be part of a mad rush to organise a PR campaign following the Edward Snowden leaks.
In sections entitled “Sound Bites That Resonate”, and “Media Leaks One Card”, suggested talking points include the following phrases:
“I much prefer to be here today explaining these programs, than explaining another 9/11 event that we were not able to prevent.”
“NSA and its partners must make sure we connect the dots so that the nation is never attacked again like it was on 9/11.”
“These programs have helped prevent over 50 terrorist events since 9/11, while also carefully protecting civil liberties and privacy of our citizens.”
“First responsibility is to defend the nation.”
“Post-9/11 we made several changes and added a number of capabilities to enable us to connect the dots.”