Intelligence Director Blames Public Anger Over NSA, Not Government Misdeeds, For ‘Erosion Of Trust’ Complicating His Job

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Director of National Intelligence James “most truthful, least untruthful” Clapper lamented to a House Intelligence Panel Tuesday that the current criticism facing the National Security Agency is creating an “erosion of trust” within the Nation’s intelligence community.

Clapper told the group of lawmakers that Congressional criticism of the tactics carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies is creating an environment in which officials at the Nation’s spy agencies are unable to adequately do their jobs.

Clapper was joined by NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and other intelligence officials for the Congressional discussion about government surveillance.

“There has been a lot in the media about this situation. Some right. Some wrong,” panel ranking member Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said during the committee hearing, adding that “more needs to be done” to increase NSA transparency and accountability.

Clapper responded, insisting that the NSA and the U.S. intelligence community as a whole “does not spy indiscriminately on citizens of any country.”

“To be sure, we have made mistakes,” Clapper said, adding that the intelligence community would work to resolve those mistakes.

“That is what the American people want and that is what the President has asked us to do,” he said.

Clapper notably lied to Congress during a hearing on March 12, when Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

Clapper replied, “No sir … not wittingly.”

Clapper later admitted that his answer was a lie on national television, telling NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, “I thought, though in retrospect, I was asked [a] ‘when are you going to … stop beating your wife’ kind of question, which is … not answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no. So I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner by saying, ‘No.’ ”

If there is an “erosion of trust,” Clapper, it seems, should count himself among the most caustic benefactors of the problem.

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  • 1Reddevil

    I can clearly see that this is caused by Richard Nixon.Since nothing illegal is Obama’s fault.

    • Diane Ringen

      Obama claims to never have knowledge of Anything. If true, he must be removed from office for incompetency.
      Voters should have done this in 2012, but many of them are uninformed.

  • Les

    This Clapper SOB need removed from his posisition. NOW! He lieslike Obama and the rest of them sob democrats.

  • JOE

    If Germany knew their gold was given to China by Obama and then traded by China to Istambul for oil Obama would have a reason for spying.

  • Robert Wood

    NSA GOT CAUGHT—-WITH THERE PANTS DOWN

  • DavidL

    I’m shocked, shocked I say, that spying for self defense goes on everywhere! And proud that, apparently, the US is the best at it.

    Only the right wingers writing on this sight have the delusion to think that people won’t remember that when Bush was in office they defended the spying, the secret prisons and the torture. Now that you and your crowd are out of power, your song and dance routine pretending to be card-carrying members of the Civil Liberties Union Country is as ridiculous as your Party has become.

    • Linda Gjeltema

      This coming from a lefty Looney!

    • Eagle525

      BS David … Obama has taken spying and lying to new heights. Further explanation would be useless because you see politics thru partisan spectacles and apparently have little understanding of Obamas background and beliefs. So, before you conveniently blame the right, you may want to focus on the current president that is IN POWER and his disdain for the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the freedomsYOU will lose when Obamacare snares every American into a socialistic (government) controlled life style. If you LIKE Obama, you are going to LOVE living in the socialist utopia

    • chris berrian

      Yeah and the left wingers were saying it was
      Wrong and treasonist. Now look at Obama
      He’s now reining in even more spying and added
      Indefinite detention without a trial. Why?
      Bush should have not started the patriot act
      But obama has had 5 yrs To make it right and get rid of the bushs
      Mistakes. Obama is just one big fat lier and needs
      To leave asap. The worst prez ever mr. Obama.
      Starting when bush 1 arrived in 1990.then clinton, bush 2, now
      Obama.we have slowly been loosing our freedoms
      And now obama is the least transparent
      Closed off we have ever seen.

      • Diane Ringen

        With a little rhyme, this would be poetic.

    • LroF5LFjiB

      Screw you! Two wrongs don’t make a right!

    • Vis Fac

      Leave it to DUMB A$$ DAVE to provide liberal rhetoric to defend the indefensible. Especially when caught red handed. You cannot lie and point fingers at the other guy when you more culpable than those before you. You must think everyone is as STOOPID as you that we’d believe such tripe. PT Barnum once said there is one born every minute this is certainly true for look at all you one dimensional LIBERALS that are destroying America !!!

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

    • fahkir1

      Go play on Huff Po, liberal trash talker.

    • Robert Messmer

      We are not responsible for the RINO’s. Some of us have always been against our government spying on American citizens, putting American citizens in prison without a proper public trial. With all the noise made by RINO’s and the Democrats, no one heard us.

  • Eagle525

    “Erosion of trust” ???? Erosion means wearing away. When it comes to trust you either have it or don’t; there is no in-between So, in lieu of the word “erosion” try substituting the word VAPORIZED. The Federal Government and the OBAMA Administration lost trust when Obama LIED the first time and he can never regain trust from those that understand the meaning of the word. IMPEACH OBAMA!

    • Vis Fac

      They IMPEACHED Nixon at least no one died as a result of his malfeasance for far less the only thing keeping ODUMBO from being impeached are those SPINELESS COWARDS we call congress They don’t want to be labeled racists. Well I’ll affix my own label for these SPINELESS COWARDS ~~~~~~how does the label TRAITORS stand with you?????

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • anAmericanByChoice

    Be nice!These guys don’t lie! They just tell it from their perspective! Yeah, we just the idiots who cannot see things right… they are doing all they can to take good care of us all… NOT! Till the day all traitors have been removed form the white house and all other gov. jobs… things are not going to change. Power and control, that’s the drug these bastards get high on, and of course, stealing all the common Joe and Jane have, depriving “we the people” of all property, rights and liberties; socialists and communists love that!

  • 1pappap

    Here we go AGAIN with the same old worn out phrase of this administration, “Mistakes were made…….” How many mistakes constitute incompetency?

    • Vis Fac

      Mistake an euphemism for we screwed up big time but since we are DUMBOCRITES it’s OK

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • 1pappap

        I agree big time. I just hope the media wakes up before its too late. Keep standing proud and tall Marine.

        • Vis Fac

          I am always proud and I cannot help standing tall because at 5’15” I am considered to be tall.

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

        • Vis Fac

          I am always proud and I cannot help standing tall because at 5’15” I am considered to be tall.

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

      • Diane Ringen

        I am not a Marine, but I too am always faithful… Semper fi!

        • Vis Fac

          Faith is a very important and wonderful asset to have

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • Diane Ringen

            You make an important point. I must in the future change that to read faith with action.

          • Vis Fac

            Diane: There are several kinds of action negative positive and “in” the kind of action most people don’t take. It’s also referred to as APATHY

            To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Diane Ringen

            Apathy isn’t something I can be accused of. I seem to be involved in this day and night. It seems to have become a mission for me.

          • Vis Fac

            Diane: I know you are not apathetic. What I posted was for those to whom it applies.

            To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Diane Ringen

            I don’t take it personally. I am concerned when I hear people say, don’t worry about something you can do nothing about. Not my attitude at all.

          • Vis Fac

            Perfect! Voicing an opinion to as many as possible IS doing something.

            To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Diane Ringen

            Someday, I pray that I will have said just the right thing to the right person at the right time, and because I did it will make all the difference for all of us.

          • Vis Fac

            When you do you will probable never know of it. Be content that to someone you made a difference.

            To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Diane Ringen

            I will, but will also keep trying, hoping to see a difference somewhere in our country.

    • Diane Ringen

      We are way past a number that large.

    • peter

      Does a R 17 trillion debt ceiling demonstrate incompetency? Not when you can just print your way out of debt. Can we? Yes we can, yes we scan and yes we can do anything we want, including killing people that we don’t even know with drones. What difference does it make, and who cares because the rest of the world better listen or else! Without America, does anyone begin to imagine what a crappy, violent, inhuman and miserable world this would be?

  • LroF5LFjiB

    Typical liberal godless derelict commie response. Blame someone else for your illegal activity. String them up!

  • Charlotte Juett

    Can you say, DUH! Nobody is going to trust the NSA, because the NSA is against the whole world.

    • Diane Ringen

      How many other countries feel the same way? Let us try to count the number.

  • alboy5

    They’ve read Mein Kampf and rely on plausible deniability from Obamacarecrap to the NSA. The problem is the deniability is implausible while they trample on the U.S. flag with their muddy feet.

    • independent thinker

      “… while they trample on the U.S. flag with their bloody feet.”

  • Dcp5674

    There is an erosion of trust in the entire administration. The NSA is just one of a plethora , a systematic dismantling of our country, economy and our political system. We can’t let this continue, and the intelligence community (an oxymoron!) has lost the trust of We the People, and, everyone in gov’t has forgotten that YOU WORK FOR US. And we are sick of being ignored. WE ARE SICK OF YOU, WHO WE PAY, WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHATS GOOD FOR US, To ignore us. NO FREAKIN’ MORE.

  • jlnsr

    This underscores the total arrogance of this man who is merely doing what Obama, another man of arrogance, instructed him to do. It wasn’t his fault that the NSA spied on our allies. It was the mistrust caused by Congress. It could not possibly be because of his stupidity in ordering it that the credibility of his agency is suffering. I am so tired of this administration and it agency head lackeys blaming someone else for their desire for more power or their incompetence. They simply have no scruples at all and do not want to be challenged when their lawlessness is discovered. Lies have become truth and truth has become lies. When will America wake up to this nacisistic regime.

  • Patriot47

    I certainly hope the public made your snooping more problematic. I only wish the same unwanted exposure of your personal details.

  • Diane Ringen

    Have you noticed that in the Obama “administration” it is always someone else’s fault? And Obama never has any knowledge of “it”.

    • Onegaishimasu

      Introspection and reasoned prudent judgement are lost on these opportunists. We need to stop the government, put everyone in jail and start over.

      • Diane Ringen

        Yea. We must.

    • Diana

      The thing that gets me is whether he knew[which I think he did]or didn’t know it still boils down to ONE thing. He is an INCOMPETENT LEADER!

  • jerry1944

    Yes with his spying on the public would make it hard on you and should. And with that black box they want to put in our cars. Is that for tax are and spying. I think both. And we the public can THANK Snowden for finding our what you commis think of us

  • peter

    If these are the best we can find to run our beloved Homeland then we are in a great deal of trouble. Where to now?

  • terryk

    Not very intelligent choices to be in charge of this agency what else can be expected from Obama

  • Oilpatch303

    Fast and Furious, Border Patrol agent ends up dead. Nope,
    didn’t know anything about it, and neither did my buddy Holder. No one fired.

    Conservative organizations singled out for abuse. Nope, didn’t
    know anything about it and neither did my buddy Holder. No one fired.

    Benghazi attacked by terrorists? Four American dead. Nope,
    didn’t know anything about it and neither did my buddy Hillary. Just a bunch of
    kids out having a good time anyway. No one fired

    NSA looking over everybody’s shoulder. Nope, didn’t know anything
    about it and neither did my buddy Clapper. No one fired.

    But you talk trash one time on twitter about my buddy Valarie
    Jarrett and Hillary and we will hunt you down with the full force of the
    government and banish you from Washington.

    Incompetence at its worst, but without consequences there is
    no concern.

  • Don

    We are spoon fed by this traitorous intruder in our White House that is openly
    trying to destroy this country by controlling the media and ignoring congress!

    This deceptive pathological liar has infiltrated all of our government agencies with people he has chosen, and is bent on giving them immunity from any illegal actions that they get caught doing even to the point of protecting the head of the NSA that admitted that he had lied earlier to congress, and we did a little research on that and should have been an automatic dismissal from his position, as well as immediate arrest and conviction, bur because of Obama’s umbrella of protection for all of his unqualified people including, Holder, Reid, Lerner,and Hillary Clinton, and he will block prosecution of any of them, and they will keep on telling the lies he is spreading.

    Let me get this straight, now that he got caught spying on what we call our allies he is going to have to make concessions to them, but he wants to increase the surveillance on the citizens of the United States !?

    ARE WE REALLY THAT STUPID???

  • J.E. Hay

    This Ridiculous New Narrative Only Goes To Confirm N.S.A’s Unconstitutional And Patently Illegal Activities Against American Citizens And The Corruption Of The Government By Obama, Administration And Select Members Of Congress And The Wanton Destruction That They Are Engaged In Their Seditious Attack On This Country And It’s People. These Traitors Should Be Immediate Removed From Their Posts And Promptly Prosecuted And Punished For All Of Their Crimes Preferably Given Death Sentences.