Worldwide attention on disclosures of once-secret U.S. surveillance programs may hinder efforts to track terrorist communications even though sophisticated terror groups almost certainly suspected the eavesdropping.
The rapid advance by Islamic militants in Iraq is building pressure on President Barack Obama to launch air strikes to support the beleaguered Iraqi army.
"This stuff was briefed to congressional leaders. It was subject to presidential control."
- Paul Pillar on Dec 11, 2014