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Colbert Rips NSA: Statue Of Liberty’s Torch ‘Only For Americans,’ For Everyone Else ‘She’s Holding A Boom Mic’

In a Paul McCartney-shortened segment Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert sent up the NSA’s expansive surveillance programs, saying, “Millions of Americans whose privacy has been invaded were shocked to learn that anything on the internet was ever private.”

“Now, I have to admit, at first I found this program to be a shocking breach of the public trust,” Colbert said of PRISM. “The intimate details I share from my Gmail account are no business of big government. They are for one purpose only: so I can get targeted ads for boner pills.”

“But then I learned that PRISM targets only foreigners!” Colbert put up a photo of the Statue of Liberty. “Evidently that torch of freedom is only for Americans. For the rest of the world, she’s holding a boom mic.”

“To ensure that they were limiting their searching to non-Americans,” Colbert continued, “PRISM’s data analysts would key in search terms that are designed to produce at least 51% confidence in a target’s foreignness. It was simple, they just used search terms Americans weren’t familiar with, such as “portion control,” “paid maternity leave,” and “goooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll.”

Watch the segment here, via Comedy Central:

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