Gen. Keith Alexander testified to Congress that the Prism program has helped foil dozens of terrorist attacks on the U.S. I do not know if this is true or not. To me it really does not matter if it was one or dozens. The issue I haven’t heard debated is just how high a casualty rate we as a society are willing to accept in terrorist attacks.
It seems to me we are caught between a rock and a hard place. If we ban security programs such as Prism in order to secure our right to privacy, then the chances of another 9/11 increase. If we allow this program to proceed, then our personal privacy is eroded and the chance of the government or individuals in it to abuse this data grows.
When there is another terrorist attack against us we all will need to look long and hard at this issue. I, for one, don’t have the answer.