Hot Mic Catches NSA Boss Praising FBI Chiefs For Supportive Testimony

Guest Post by Mara Zebest

Hmmmm…. a hot mic catches the NSA boss Keith Alexander telling the FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce that he owes the FBI boss another friggin’ beer for the supportive testimony.

The DailyMail reports the following:

The director of the National Security Agency was overheard offering a round of beer to the FBI’s second-in-command following Tuesday’s congressional hearing on the NSA’s controversial surveillance programs.

The three-hour hearing had just wrapped up around 1 p.m. when NSA Director Keith Alexander turned to FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce and praised him for his testimony.

‘Thank you, Sean,’ Alexander said, according to a clip of the exchange that was first reported by Ben Doernberg.

‘Tell your boss I owe him another friggin’ beer,’ he added.

‘Yeah?’ Joyce responded.

‘Yeah,’ said Alexander.

‘Tell him to give it to me,’ Joyce said.

Alexander and Joyce sat side-by-side during the hearing and took turns answering questions from lawmakers about the recently disclosed government surveillance programs.

Joyce repeatedly praised the programs as ‘essential’ tools for fighting terrorism in his remarks to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

He also described four specific cases where the FBI used data obtained by the NSA programs to thwart terror attacks, including a bomb plot against the New York Stock Exchange and another against the city’s subway system. […]

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