Bret Baier sat down with outgoing NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander for an exclusive interview, which aired on this evening’s “Special Report.”

Alexander explained a proposal that would limit the call records that the NSA receives. It would keep call records in the hands of phone companies, and the NSA would only get the data that directly links to a terrorist number.

“So this is an approach that I think meets the intent of protecting our civil liberties and privacy and the security of this country,” Alexander told Baier.

Baier said that some people think the NSA listens to all calls and reads all emails.

“I would get more respect if we could do all that,” Alexander said. “If you think about all the data that’s out there, it’s wrong. We don’t do it … not even close.”

“We don’t have Americans’ emails or their content of their phone calls in that database, it’s just numbers, it’s just the call detail records,” he said.

Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter said he has taken to writing letters for fear that his emails are being monitored.

"We're not [monitoring the emails]," Alexander said. "So he can now go back to writing emails. The reality is, we don't do that. And if we did, it would be illegal and we'd be ... held accountable and responsible." 

Alexander also responded to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s comments at Berkeley, where he called the intelligence community “drunk with power, unrepentant and uninclined to relinquish power.”

“He oughta come up here and meet the people,” Alexander said. “Some of them are from his state. And I’ll tell you that these are the people, the noble people.”

The NSA director also commented on Edward Snowden, telling Baier, “I am hugely disappointed that somebody that […] signed a document that said ‘I can be trusted with top secret data’ couldn’t be.”

Watch the full interview above.

A “Special Report” panel discussed the interview and the NSA this evening. Watch parts 1 and 2 of the panel below.

Panel - Part 1

Panel - Part 2


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