How the PRISM Surveillance System Works

Submitted by JW on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 08:57

Here are two things you might've learned from "The Wire" that also apply to PRISM (aka Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization and Management): First, it's illegal to target any random Jane Doe U.S. citizen without probable cause and a warrant.

Second, it takes a lot of short stories to create the sprawling history of an intelligence-gathering program, and when it comes to PRISM, we're barely pushing novella, as information has only slowly leaked (ha!) out. Not entirely surprising, considering that the U.S. government (and cooperating companies) has a tendency to be a bit tight-lipped about top-secret intelligence programs.