NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The head of the National Security Agency is defending government eavesdropping on the phone and Internet communications of millions of Americans, even as some members of Congress express surprise at the extent of the program.READ MORE: Suffolk Police: Franklyn Charles, 18, Charged In Crash That Killed Jennifer Figueroa, 30, In Wyandanch
Wednesday was the first time the head of the NSA was on Capitol Hill since the disclosures that the government has had a massive telephone and Internet surveillance program of this country’s citizens. There were few details of the top secret cyber security programs, but praise for the people who do it, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
“They do this lawfully. They take compliance oversight, protecting civil liberties and privacy and the security of this nation to heart,” Gen. Keith Alexander said.