Rogers: Info on foiled terror plots will build public support for NSA

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Sunday that information officials are revealing about National Security Agency surveillance programs will build public support for the recently revealed, classified initiatives. [WATCH VIDEO: NSA UPDATE]

He defended the phone surveillance program in particular, saying it had numerous safeguards in place and had prevented terror attacks.

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“As people get a better feeling that this is a lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it, we have used it sparingly, it is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in,” Rogers said on the CNN program “State of the Union.”

“If you can see just the number of cases where we have actually stopped a plot, I think Americans will come to a different conclusion than all the misleading rhetoric I have heard over the last few weeks,” he added. 

The NSA said last week that the surveillance programs have prevented “dozens” of terrorist attacks. Rogers said more information about specific attacks foiled would be provided “hopefully early this next week.” 

But he indicated that the information would be limited in scope. 

“We want each of the instances that will be provided . . . to be as accurate as we can and not disclose a source or a method of how we disrupted the attack exactly,” Rogers said. “We don’t want to draw a roadmap for the folks who are trying to kill Americans here at home and plotting overseas to kill Americans at home.”

This post was updated at 9:40 a.m.