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Vadm Rogers, to head NSA, defends mass data collection [Susan Lindauer @ PressTV]

US President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the National Security Agency has defended Washington’s worldwide data collection.

Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers says the NSA needs to be able to access the vast amounts of metadata to thwart terrorist attacks. At a Senate hearing on his confirmation to lead the US Cyber Command, Rogers also said that he sees a need to maintain the law authorizing bulk collection of phone records, known as Section 215. However, Rogers added that U-S citizens have the right to have better information about revelations from documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Senate does not confirm the director of the NSA, but it must approve the head of the US military's Cyber Command. Rogers is Obama's choice for both positions.



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