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Clapper ‘Clarifies’ Testimony About NSA Collection

Lest we forget, in Senate Intelligence Committee hearing back on March 12, 2013, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, if NSA was collecting data on US citizens:

Wyden in Intelligence Hearing on GPS Surveillance & Nat’l Security Agency Collection

WYDEN: "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"

CLAPPER: "No, sir."

WYDEN: "It does not?"

CLAPPER: "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect—but not wittingly."

And now here is Mr. Clapper’s ‘clarification’ of that testimony, from the National Journal:

James Clapper Clarifies Remarks Over NSA Snooping

In interview with National Journal, director of national intelligence says he didn’t intend to mislead.

By Michael Hirsh | June 6, 2013

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday that he stood by what he told Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in March when he said that the National Security Agency does not "wittingly" collect data on millions of Americans.

"What I said was, the NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens’ e-mails. I stand by that," Clapper told National Journal in a telephone interview…

That is not what he said in March.

[T]he disclosures about the NSA’s domestic surveillance, which was unheard of before 9/11, and the secrecy with which the administration has pursued such intelligence gathering, raised questions about how forthcoming U.S. officials have been in acknowledging domestic snooping.

Clapper’s response to Wyden, and his later explanation of the meaning of his answer, are a case in point…

That is putting it mildly.

But maybe being a boldfaced liar is a requirement to work in the national security wing of the Obama administration. (Cf. Rice, Power.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Clapper ‘Clarifies’ Testimony About NSA Collection”

  1. (unfit comments for publication)

    (but you’re thinking the same thing)

  2. Noyzmakr

    I wonder if Roger Clemmons has thought about how much money he could have saved by just “correcting” the record. What a crock of sh#*!

    Clapper lied and, as usual, nothing will happen.


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