Cheney: End of NSA Data Collection Makes US Vulnerable to Another 9/11


APTOPIX Cheney HospitalizedFormer Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday criticized Congress for voting to limit U.S. phone surveillance last week, saying the NSA program “might have been able to prevent 9/11.”

Appearing Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York, Cheney said now is not the time to be “weakening the tools intelligence people have to effectively combat terrorists.”

Cheney told host John Catsimatidis that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is running for president, was wrong to lead the fight against NSA program.

“It’s an important program. It’s a good program,” Cheney said, saying it will now be harder to intercept calls made by terrorists. “I think a lot of what’s been going on there is frankly all politics.”

The possibility of further mass casualties attacks like 9/11 “is very real,” Cheney said.

“I’m fearful that we’ve gotten far enough away now after 14 years, far enough away from 9/11, that too many people out there have forgotten what happened and what it’s like when it does happen,” Cheney said. “This is the danger that next time they’ll have something deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters when they launch an attack.”

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  1. The 9/11 terror attack was a result of the arrogance of the American intelligence community and the illusion that America was invulnerable. The Americans were warned by a number of foreign countries that there was something big being planned but they ignored the warnings. Many of the terrorist involved where under FBI surveillance. So the problem is not with having enough data. It is with the competence of the people who interpret that data.