James Clapper Lies to Congress; Congress Says ‘That’s Cool’

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Back in March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied when asked by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) whether the National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting “any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans” by saying, “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not willingly.”

That was before the NSA PRISM scandal broke and exposed the obvious lie.

Clapper spent the next couple of months getting beat up by mostly-conservative online media before issuing a ridiculous apology last week in which he claimed, when answering Wyden, he “simply didn’t think of” the Patriot Act and its broad authorizations (and expansions upon its original powers) that either permit or forgive almost any warrantless spying the Federal government undertakes.

But as the scandal has turned into a circus, it appears the threat of perjury some GOP Congressmen had rhetorically threatened has fallen by the wayside. Wyden and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee appear to have taken the side of Big Brother in vilifying leaker Edward Snowden, while closing ranks in giving both Clapper and the NSA a pass.

Ben Shapiro of Breitbart wrote Friday:

 Both parties in Congress have declined to do anything about Clapper’s possible perjury. Sen. Wyden and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) did not call for his removal; Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-CA) have all declined to comment. “This administration views [NSA leaker Edward] Snowden as the problem, not Gen. Clapper,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Spying on millions of Americans and lying about it to Congressional overseers? Hey, we’re all friends. Go home; relax.

Allegedly lying to Congress about getting an extra spring in your step while you played a silly children’s game with a bat and ball? Indictment.

 

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • hungry4food

    this is the face of tyranny !!!!!!!!

    • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

      This is the face of the KKK (Korrupt Krooked Kriminals)

  • sick

    Their almost all a bunch of lying hypocrites who have no morals any way and the sheep of America keep electing them again because theres something free in it for them and to hell if America is going down the rat hole. The few that do care about this country are called a bunch of racist or haters when they try and stand up for whats right.

  • Alan

    The congress is evidently part and parcel of the whole problem with this government. Until we somehow force term limits on these crooks,all will remain the same.

  • garygerke

    Hola everyone, I believe the government is ready to take over the country after doing away with the Constitution. When this happens you will still be saying….what is going on….to late, your f&ted……Only blame yourself…it will be all over!!!!!!!!

  • Gimmesumadat Whatyougot

    This is the “state of affairs” world-wide! Those who run for office, or rise to power are under the very influence of corruption. You cannot fire one, just to hire another! All of mankind has lost it’s moral compass.

    We teeter on the brink of disaster. One that will ultimately reset humanity as we know it. The world at large is morally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt! You can complain all you want. You can take a stand against the 1%. And where will it get you?

    Can you wipe out greed? Or, prejudice? How about crime? Those who spout hatred, will only realize it too late, that they are part of the problem.

  • Miss Vickie

    Where are the “True Grit” Americans that know how to say “NO!” and mean it? Where are the people of honesty and integrity that maintain this standard in our society? When did the traits of laziness, lying, cheating (as long as you don’t get caught) become standards of excellence? WE…need to grow some **** and insist these bozo’s in DC leave and get a real J-O-B! WE…. need to grow some **** and vote men and women of real character into positions of representation of the people. WE…. can NO Longer afford to be blissfully ignorant nor abdicate our responsibility for self and future generations to the thugs who now occupy positions of leadership. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” so, fellow Americans, start in your local government and demand quality and character in those you vote for. Please, please…or we will have lost the greatest social experiement in the history of man.