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.

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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?

  • LroF5LFjiB

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