September 2, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - As the Obama administration defends its widespread collection of phone records, a senior U.S. intelligence official says that the program helped disrupt a 2009 plot to bomb the New York City subways.
But that assertion raises as many questions as it answers because court testimony indicated that the subway plot investigation began with an email, not a phone call.
Over the past two days, The Guardian newspaper and The Washington Post have revealed classified documents showing how the National Security Agency sweeps up phone records and Internet data in its hunt for terrorists.
Afghan-American Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty in the 2009 subway bombing plot.
Court documents and testimony indicated the break in that case came when Zazi emailed a Yahoo address seeking help with his bomb recipe.