Individuals in Washington are now engaging in damage control in response to the devastating information leaked by Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs as it becomes increasingly apparent that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath.
President Barack Obama quickly came out in defense of the NSA’s programs which range from grabbing all of Verizon’s U.S. phone records to working directly with tech giants on the PRISM program but the administration is now kicking it into high gear.
Recently, Clapper slammed the press over their coverage of the NSA surveillance programs and, based on what we know now, it seems quite clear that he actually lied under oath.
In the below clip taken from a March Senate hearing, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper, “So, what I wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question, does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
No, sir,” Clapper said.
“It does not?” asked Wyden…
However, we now know that this is not the case.
Even ABC’s George Stephanopoulos found it difficult to buy Clapper’s statements.
“Senator Feinstein, I have to confess, I have a hard time squaring that answer with what we learned this week,” Stephanopoulos said.
“Well, I think this is very hard. There is no more direct or honest person than Jim Clapper, and I think both Mike and I know that. You can misunderstand the question,” claimed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “This is one of the dilemmas of talking about it. He could have thought the question had content or something, but it is true that this is a wide collection of phone records, as Mike said. No name, no content. But the number to number, the length of time, the kind of thing that’s on the telephone bill, and we have to deal with that.”…
Given Feinstein’s remarks, it is obvious that Clapper will not be prosecuted. Like J. Edgar Hoover in times gone by, Clapper has the dirt on EVERYBODY! More on Feinstein:
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is guilty of treason, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday.
“I don’t look at this as being a whistle-blower,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) said. “I think it’s an act of treason.”…