Risks are always future events that may occur, that threaten us. But because this constant danger shapes our expectations, lodges in our heads and guides our actions, it becomes a political force that transforms the world.
Ulrich Beck, World at Risk (2007)
James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, has responded to reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian which broke news that authorities were monitoring data from US citizens via a number of major tech firms.
The Director added that the leak was “reprehensible” and “risks important protections for the security of Americans”.
“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,” Clapper further explained.
via US Director of National Intelligence: WaPost, Guardian PRISM reports contain ‘numerous inaccuracies’ – The Next Web.