The director of the National Security Agency told a Senate hearing the government's secret surveillance program helped stop "dozens" of potential terror acts.
NSA Director General Keith Alexander went on to say any collected phone records are deleted after five years.
Does the government have so much data that critical information is slipping through the cracks?
OutFront tonight: Phil Mudd, former Deputy Director of National Security at the FBI and Mark Hosenball, Senior National Security Correspondent for Reuters.
What were Edward Snowden's true motivations for giving journalists the details of a highly classified U.S. surveillance program?
Snowden told British newspaper the Guardian he did it because he believes "the government has granted itself power it is not entitled to."
But not everyone thinks Snowden's actions were in the best interest of this country. Congressman Peter King called Snowden a defector and said what he did was dangerous.
So do Snowden's motivations add up?
Ewen MacAskill, one of the journalists who broke this story and met with Snowden face to face in Hong Kong, came OutFront.
The Obama administration confirmed Monday the White House fell victim to a cyber attack. The conservative website, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Chinese hackers infiltrated a classified computer system that's inside the same building that houses systems pertaining to the "Nuclear Football."
The Nuclear Football is the suitcase that holds nuclear launch codes.
OutFront tonight: Col. Cedric Leighton Military Intelligence (Ret.).