U.S. Government: Reports About PRISM Contain “Numerous Inaccuracies”

via Tech Crunch8-cell

After the flurry of reports about the NSA’s alleged PRISM surveillance program earlier today, the U.S.’s Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper just released an official statement. According to Clapper, “The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer tocollection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They contain numerous inaccuracies.”

Clapper argues that Section 702 is meant to ” facilitate the acquisition of foreign intelligence information concerning non-U.S. persons located outside the United States.” It is not meant to be used to “intentionally” target any U.S. citizens (though the statement leaves a door open for an admittance of “unintentional” spying).

Given the outright denials of all the tech firms accused of participating in this program, including Google, Facebook and Apple, it remains unclear if the accusation that these companies knew about the program is one of the “inaccuracies.”

Here is the full statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:

DNI Statement on Activities Authorized Under Section 702 of FISA

The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer to collection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They contain numerous inaccuracies.

Section 702 is a provision of FISA that is designed to facilitate the acquisition of foreign intelligence information concerning non-U.S. persons located outside the United States. It cannot be used to intentionally target any U.S. citizen, any other U.S. person, or anyone located within the United States.

Activities authorized by Section 702 are subject to oversight by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Executive Branch, and Congress. They involve extensive procedures, specifically approved by the court, to ensure that only non-U.S. persons outside the U.S. are targeted, and that minimize the acquisition, retention and dissemination of incidentally acquired information about U.S. persons.

Section 702 was recently reauthorized by Congress after extensive hearings and debate.

Information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable foreign intelligence information we collect, and is used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats.

The unauthorized disclosure of information about this important and entirely legal program is reprehensible and risks important protections for the security of Americans.

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

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  • alizardx

    To the elites and their enablers, i.e. the top 0.01%, “American” doesn’t mean “born in USA”, it means “one of them”.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > the outright denials of all the tech firms accused of participating in this program, including Google, Facebook and Apple

    all their denials are in NewSpeak (and remarkably similar)
    the FISA law prohibits them from acknowledging their crimes
    (nice law if you can get it)
    and they’re also using NewSpeak tech obfuscations
    like:
    we don’t have a backdoor! (we have a front door)
    we never heard of PRISM (we’ve only heard of FISA)
    we don’t provide direct access to our servers (we provide a special access)

    but one thing is certain
    these cocksuckers are lying through their teeth
    as usual

  • BuzzCoastin

    “We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true. But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube. You even think like the tube. In God’s name, you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion.”
    Howard Beale

  • BuzzCoastin

    “Intelligence community sources said that this description, although inaccurate from a technical perspective, matches the experience of analysts at the NSA. From their workstations anywhere in the world, government employees cleared for PRISM access may “task” the system and receive results from an Internet company without further interaction with the company’s staff.”

    “The system is most often used for e-mails, but it handles chat, video, images, documents and other files as well.

    “The server is controlled by the FBI,” an official with one of the companies said. “We do not offer a download feature from our server.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-company-officials-internet-surveillance-does-not-indiscriminately-mine-data/2013/06/08/5b3bb234-d07d-11e2-9f1a-1a7cdee20287_story_1.html

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevebenson/ Stephen Benson

    Sure, desperately inaccurate. That’s why tech companies are all issuing uncannily similar, carefully phrased statements, and the UK authorities issued a D-Notice on June 7. Actually a “super” D-Notice, in that the media are not even meant to report its existence.

  • TadpoleJackson

    Why the Hypercube?

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