Burns, William John (1861-1932), a United States detective. He was head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1921 to 1924. Burns was born in Baltimore. He entered the Secret Service in 1889. In the next 20 years he took part in many important cases prosecuted by the United States. Burns and his son Raymond founded the William J. Burns National Detective Agency in 1909.
Prisons spy on inmates' telephone conversations to make sure the crooks aren't trafficking drugs or organizing gang riots from behind bars. But does this monitoring infringe on their rights?
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?