From the New York Times:
“We have pledged to be as transparent as possible,” he said after emerging from a classified briefing with House members. “I think it’s important that you have that information. But we don’t want to risk American lives in doing that. So what we’re being is very deliberate in this process so that we don’t end up causing a terrorist attack by giving out too much information.”
I think the director of the NSA is a little confused. Providing details on NSA surveillance of Americans does not cause terrorist attacks. I’m no expert, but my guess is that the terrorist threat stems more from our military involvement in a number of middle eastern countries, including a couple of invasions, multiple wars, trade sanctions (which themselves would constitute an act of war were they directed at any western country), support for despotic and corrupt governments, the stationing of huge numbers of troops there, and the continued killing of innocent people (including children) with drone attacks. Apparently Muslims have a very low tolerance for that kind of thing and it makes them want to retaliate.
But, repeatedly telling people that the truth constitutes a security risk while all of the above makes us safer may just be a big enough lie that most people will believe it.
As Joseph Goebbels used to say…
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”