Keep in mind when you review the following infographic that even a good portion of the 207 “attempted terrorist attacks” are undoubtedly of the variety which are wholly concocted, incited, funded, and controlled by government provocateurs and informants: stings. In other words, many of these purported “attempted terrorist attacks” were no such thing at all and, pervertedly, would never have occurred absent the government’s extreme efforts at catalyzing them.
Even granting the benefit of doubt with respect to the “attempted terrorist attacks” figure, though, the statistics which follow demonstrate clearly that there is absolutely no justification for the NSA’s tyrannical, Orwellian, all-encompassing surveillance apparatus, and apologists rely on nothing more than complete, unsubstantiated, unmitigated bullshit in attempting to defend it.
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UPDATE: For additional relevant context, including what amounts to a concession by DNI James Clapper on precisely the points made above, see here.