The Obama administration is defending the use of the massive surveillance program called PRISM as they dispute the details of a new report that revealed the existence of the top secret anti-terror initiative.
Using PRISM, the government tapped into the servers of the largest internet companies in the country to search for data potentially linked to terrorism, espionage or nuclear proliferation through email and phone records.
The U.S. director of national intelligence confirmed the existence of the surveillance program on Thursday.
The administration said that PRISM is targeting only non-U.S. citizens outside the country.
However, the government can see what internet users are typing or sending in real time according to the Washington Post’s source that first shared the top secret documents.