On Thursday, at the Aspen Security Forum—a $1,500-per-head conference held this week in the Rocky Mountains—the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) admitted that the spy agency had been overbroad in its acquisition of telephone data. NSA Director General Keith Alexander told the assembled crowd at the Aspen forum that when President Barack Obama first took office in January 2009, he called out the agency on its blanket data collection practices. “When the president first came on board, we had a huge set of mistakes that we were working through in 2009,” he told the audience, according to the New York Times, which is a sponsor of the event. “He said essentially, ‘I can see the value of these, but how do we ensure that we get these within compliance and that everything is exactly right?'”     

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