FBI Official: NSA Programs Helped Foil NYSE Bomb Plot

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FBI: NSA Helped Foil NYSE Bombing Plot

FBN's Liz MacDonald on the FBI using Internet and phone surveillance to stop an NYSE bombing plot.

The U.S. government's surveillance of telephone and Internet communications foiled plots including one to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, Sean Joyce, the deputy FBI director, said on Tuesday.

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While monitoring a known extremist in Yemen, intelligence agents "were able to detect a nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange," he said in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence committee during a hearing on National Security Agency data gathering programs.

U.S. officials said the programs have helped to foil more than 50 potential terrorist plots around the world.