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PRISM Program is 'Necessary' Says Former CIA Officer
The Legislative Council of Hong Kong leads protesters as they shout slogans in support of former US spy Edward Snowden outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013. Snowden broke his silence on June 12, vowing to fight any bid to extradite him from Hong Kong and accusing Washington's cyber troops of prying into hundreds of thousands of targets globally including many in China. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
June 13, 2013
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific, The Americas
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Fred Rustmann, a former member of the CIA's elite Senior Intelligence Service, says the PRISM program, exposed by leaker Edward Snowden, is "necessary" and "good" in that it allows the government to identify connections between potential terrorists and others who may be involved in planning attacks on the United States. “In my view, it’s a necessary thing; it’s good that we have that capability. And it’s a necessary thing for the protection of the homeland,” Rustmann told LIGNET in an exclusive interview this week.
According to Rustmann, the way the PRISM program works is this: The U.S. government receives a lead on a terrorist in another country, and runs information from that terrorist through its vast database of information to identify connections.

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