FBI official says NSA programs helped foil NYSE bombing plot

WASHINGTON, June 18 Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:03am EDT

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's surveillance of telephone and Internet communications foiled plots including one to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, Sean Joyce, the deputy FBI director, said on Tuesday.

While monitoring a known extremist in Yemen, intelligence agents "were able to detect a nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange," he said in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence committee during a hearing on National Security Agency data gathering programs.

U.S. officials said the programs have helped to foil more than 50 potential terrorist plots around the world.

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amibovvered wrote:
Pull the other one!

Jun 18, 2013 1:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The Dow is up 111 points. Every S&P sector higher by exactly 1%. I’m sure by now most real terrorists know the only way to “take out” the NYSE is with a large EMP device, probably the size of a tractor trailer truck. Causes a burst of electromagnetic energy that permanently damages electronic equipment. A bad person would target the central computer and all HFT co-located systems connected to the central computer. The central computer is the one who matches buyers and sellers. The high-frequency trading (HFT) systems connect directly to the central computer to get the best prices. What type of person would park a tractor trailer truck outside the NYSE, so the EMP blast radius reaches the central computer?

Jun 18, 2013 2:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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