Damage Control Time: National Intelligence Releases PRISM "Facts"

Confirming that the administration is in very hot water over this week’s revelations of widespread domestic and global surveillance, moments ago this Saturday afternoon the head of National Intelligence James Clapper released Facts on the Collection of Intelligence Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” in which he says that PRISM is not an undisclosed collection or data mining program. It is an internal government computer system used to facilitate the government’s… collection of foreign intelligence information.” In fact, the program is so legit, it doesn’t even work to collect foreign data: “We cannot target even foreign persons overseas without a valid foreign intelligence purpose.”

Finally, any rumors that Google Glass will be reverting to its original codename “NSA SpyCam” are greatly exaggerated: “Service providers supply information to the Government when they are lawfully required to do so.”

In short – please believe him. He is from the government, he is telling the truth, and the government is here to help. As for all those Verizon (and other carrier) all too domestic phone intercepts: don’t you worry about that.


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