by Jason Koebler, Motherboard:
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper just admitted that the National Security Agency used a loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to use the PRISM program spy on American citizens.
The FISA Act was written specifically to allow the NSA and other intelligence agencies to monitor communication between foreign nationals, but Clapper said in a letter to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden that the agency used a loophole in the law to spy on “US persons.”
NSA monitoring under the FISA Act was the main crux of PRISM, Edward Snowden’s first leak. Under the program, federal agents grabbed digital communications directly from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, and other huge internet companies as long as the government was “51 percent sure” of a target’s “foreignness.”
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