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President Orders James Clapper to Head NSA Review

When President Obama announced a series of intelligence reforms last Friday he called for the creation of an independent advisory group made up of "outside experts" who will review controversial surveillance programs. But based on a memorandum issued today by the White House, it's not clear how independent the effort will be. The president has directed the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, to establish the "review group" that will be responsible for issuing a report about how surveillance programs "impact our security, our privacy, and our foreign policy." The review group is intended in part, as the president said last week, to "maintain the trust of the people" — so why did the president put a man at the center of the spying controversy in charge?

While Clapper may be technically well-suited to direct a review group given the intelligence community's unique need for secrecy, it may be difficult to sell the process to the American people with current skepticism about his accountability. Earlier this month, lawmakers concerned with the government's broad surveillance efforts said that Clapper should resign for lying to Congress. "[Clapper] was here in March and unambiguously lied to Congress," Rep. Thomas Massie (R, KY) told Democracy Now. "And I believe he was under oath. And it really sets a bad precedent for the whole organization to let him keep his post." Several other lawmakers including Rep. Justin Amash (R, MI), who led a charge to curb the NSA's telephone surveillance program, echoed the call for Clapper's resignation.

Source: The Verge. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    This is the guy who admitted lying through his teeth, right? And Obama is tone-deaf enough to appoint him to an 'investigative' body?
    That's insulting.

  • Knarf Yenrab (prev. An0nB0t)||

    Watergate took two years to blossom. We're just two months in to the NSA scandal, which is itself the culmination of all of the DHS, TSA, and drone abuses that have had us gnashing our teeth for a decade. I'm willing to wait a bit while this bastard equivocates and placates his way into a Republican Senate, at which point the shit will really hit the fan.

    BHO is going to watch his legacy burn down around him, and when the financial pain comes as a consequence of his monetary policy and hamstringing of industry and the commanding heights, his name will be mentioned in the same breath as Hoover's.

    It took a Carter to give us a Reagan; maybe it takes an Obama to give us a Paul.

  • John Galt||

    Hahaha clapper looool "independent advisory group" LMAO "outside experts" HAHAHA ROTFLMAO!

    Our king's sense of humor is sadistic. What a comedian.

  • niobiumstudio||

    Yeah, I had to read that 3 or 4 times before I realized my sack hurt because this isn't a joke and I was just punched in the nuts.

  • gaoxiaen||

    He promises to tell the "troof" this time. I think he has his fingers crossed.

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  • Dave Krueger||

    Now that's audacity.

  • datcv||

    Why James Clapper?