Those data are contained in audio, video and image files, email messages and web searches on major U. All that intelligence officials will say is that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act cannot be used to "intentionally target any U. They monitor servers and communications in the United States because they may hold valuable information that originated overseas. According to them, the PRISM program helped stop an Islamist militant named Najibullah Zazi from carrying out plans to bomb the the New York City subway system in 2009.
Members of the intelligence community say they have a right to use the PRISM program and similar surveillance techniques for monitoring electronic communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Specifically, oversight on PRISM come from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court, the Congressional Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, and of course the president of the United States.
The National Security Agency started using PRISM in 2008, the last year of Republican George W.
Bush's administration, which ramped up national security efforts in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. The National Security Agency's surveillance efforts are governed, foremost, by the U. Constitution and are supposed to be overseen by a number of entities including the executive, legislation and judicial branches of the federal government.
PRISM is an acronym for the program launched by the National Security Agency to collect and analyze massive volumes of private data stored on servers operated by Internet service providers and held by large web companies including Microsoft, Yahoo!
, Google, Facebook, AOL, Skype, You Tube and Apple.
This is the NSA's spy data collection center in Bluffdale, Utah.