Intimidation, in law, the illegal use of threats or violence to force a person to do or not to do a certain act. It includes false imprisonment, threats of injury to the person or members of his or her family, or actual violence. Generally, contracts made under intimidation have no legal standing.
What if your pen pal was a prison inmate? That's the idea behind a prison project designed to connect middle school students with prisoners. What influence did these pen pals have on kids?
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?