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NSA document describes surveillance program success
The intelligence community is saying there is no conspiracy to listen in on the private conversations of American citizens.
In a document released to congress, the National Security Agency argues that in recent years, dozens of terror plots in more than 20 countries have been disrupted.
And despite having billions of phone records, officials searched the database fewer than 300 times last year.
The agency has repeatedly said that it only collects metadata --phone numbers, phone call durations and locations of the two parties, but no names or addresses.
But Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado doesn't think collecting this metadata is making America safer.
The senator says, "I think it's ultimately, perhaps, a violation of the Fourth Amendment."
While the government can't "un-ring" the bell this security leak has set off, General Michael Hayden, who has been director of both the NSA and the CIA says he hopes Americans will ultimately feel safer with the information that does come out.
"It's an opportunity to explain to the american people why this is done, broadly how effective it has been, and raise their comfort level," the general exclaims.