Litt, thank you for appearing before us today, especially on short notice. People at the NSA in particular have heard a constant public drumbeat about a laundry list of nefarious things they are alleged to be doing to spy on Americans, all of them wrong; the misperceptions have been great, yet they keep their heads down and keep working every day to keep us safe. And General Alexander, please convey our thanks to your team for continuing every day, despite much misinformation about the quality of their work, and thank them for all of us for continuing to work to protect America. I also want to take this moment to thank General Alexander, who has been extended as national security adviser in one way or another three different times. This is a very difficult job at a very difficult time in our history.
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