Cabal, a small group of plotters. The term took on special significance in England during the reign of Charles II (1660-85). By coincidence, it represented the first letters of the names of five of Charles's advisers who were engaged in various intrigues: Clifford, Ashley, Buckingham, Arlington, and Lauderdale. The French word cabale, referring to the mystic or secret doctrine of the Jewish cabala, had a similar meaning long before that time. The Conway Cabal against General George Washington is a conspiracy notable in United States history.
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had a profound effect on the United States -- and the world. Trace the progression of events in this timeline.
If you need an analogy for PRISM, one apt comparison would be to HBO's show "The Wire." Just swap "U.S. government" for Baltimore police, "Internet data" for phone wiretaps, and name the target as "really anyone" instead of drug traffickers. Got it?