Obama administration says PRISM didn't target Americans

“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,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said of the top-secret Internet monitoring. “It cannot be used to intentionally target any U.S. citizen, any other U.S. person, or anyone located within the United States.”

Clapper added, “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.”