Posts Tagged ‘James Clapper’

Lying to Congress isn’t the story, the story is Snowden’s seeking Asylum

July 3, 2013

Today, Glenn Greenwald reports in The Guardian, this story, click here for full story: Thank you Glenn Greenwald for your continuing coverage of this story.Also in this story is how the European Union is just a tool of U.S. policy and demands.They stop Bolivian President’s plane from flying over their airspace, thinking Snowden is on the airplane, but they allowed the U.S. to fly over their territory and even land in their country when the U.S. airplane was carrying individuals that were kidnapped “Rendition”.
Read the whole story at the link above.

    The first NSA story to be reported was our June 6 article which exposed the bulk, indiscriminate collection by the US Government of the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans. Ever since then, it has been undeniably clear that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, outright lied to the US Senate – specifically to the Intelligence Committee, the body charged with oversight over surveillance programs – when he said “no, sir” in response to this question from Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

    That Clapper fundamentally misled Congress is beyond dispute. The DNI himself has now been forced by our stories to admit that his statement was, in his words, “clearly erroneous” and to apologize. But he did this only once our front-page revelations forced him to do so: in other words, what he’s sorry about is that he got caught lying to the Senate. And as Salon’s David Sirota adeptly documented on Friday, Clapper is still spouting falsehoods as he apologizes and attempts to explain why he did it.

    How is this not a huge scandal? Intentionally deceiving Congress is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison for each offense. Reagan administration officials were convicted of misleading Congress as part of the Iran-contra scandal and other controversies, and sports stars have been prosecuted by the Obama DOJ based on allegations they have done so.

ED NOTE: So the press stories should be about what has been exposed, not who exposed it. This is done to hide the truth from the readers. Demand that Congress restore OVERSIGHT, and that they prosecute those who lied to them during sworn testimony. Do it NOW.