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How Many Terrorist Attacks Have Been Deterred by NSA Surveillance? The Patriot Act?

How Many Terrorist Attacks Have Been Deterred by NSA Surveillance? The Patriot Act?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 17 2015 7:28 PM

150 Foiled Terrorism Plots

Since 9/11, U.S. law enforcement efforts have successfully deterred another major terror attack. How long can that last? 

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Listen to Episode 380 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, a look at what technologies have been the most helpful in deterring another major terrorist attack. Our guest Dr. Gary LaFree is the director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland. During our interview, he mentioned the Global Terrorism Database, for which he’s a principal investigator. For the Spiel, what Mike watched on TV.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.