Rep. Sensenbrenner Wants Intelligence Director Clapper Prosecuted for Lying

ClapperNSAWell, hooray! The Hill is reporting that Patriot Act author Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) wants Director of National Intelligence James Clapper fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress. From The Hill:

"Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it," the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill.

He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March.

During that hearing, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper insisted that the NSA does not — or at least does "not wittingly" — collect information on Americans in bulk. 

After documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA collects records on virtually all U.S. phone calls, Clapper apologized for the misleading comment.

Misleading comment? Really?

Sensenbrenner also called for firing National Security Agency director Keith Alexander who oversaw the unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans' electronic communications. It's way past time that both Clapper and Alexander were gone.

The congressman has also introduced the USA FREEDOM Act with the goal of reining in the constitutional abuses of the national security establishment. I await his call for pardoning whistleblower Edward Snowden.

See below video below for Clapper's lie to Congress:

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  • Pro Libertate||

    Oversight powers are pretty useless when not used. They should remove any official that is caught lying to them about anything. Right there, start impeachment hearings.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You watch too many movies, Sax. Accountability is for little people.

  • Pro Libertate||

    You know, maybe if the little people wouldn't act like little people, that wouldn't be the case.

  • ||

    Hence the obesity epidemic.

  • Pro Libertate||

    The wrong solution, I fear, unless we start eating politicians.

  • Nazdrakke||

    That would sure change the tone at a lot of fundraisers.

  • LynchPin1477||

    I suspect their meat would be tender but flavorless and unsatisfying.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Pretty sure Sarah Palin would be gamey. Obama would be stringy and off-putting.

  • ||

    I think this is racist, but I'm not sure. Could you make it slightly more edgy?

  • Hyperion||

    Hahaahhaaahaaaah! He's making a funny, no?

    The only thing that will happen to this guy, is that he will get another high paying appointment, after resigning from this one. That's always the story. Our political elites and their appointed cronies are not subject to any law, for any reason.

  • Nazdrakke||

    As long as they can keep the proles at simmer level or lower, you're damn right. When I do a mental review of the last decade of the US government my blood starts to fucking boil and I wonder if there's anywhere free(-ish)left in the world to emigrate to.

  • Restoras||

    Yep. Bureaucrats are the new Princes of the Church, except they are Princes of the State. Not a single one will ever be indicted, much less prosecuted, found guilty, go to prison, or not be pardoned.

  • wareagle||

    and the point of a symbolic firing, which is all that this would be? It's not like Clapper decided unilaterally that lying was the right approach.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    I'm pretty sure he didn't symbolically perjure himself in front of Congress.

    And we're not just talking about firing, but also prosecution.

    If this fuck went to jail (still an incredible longshot, agreed) it would cause the next one to think twice about shitting all over Congressional oversight, such as it is.

  • sarcasmic||

    All the guy has to say is that telling the truth in a public setting would have involved giving out classified information, and if the Congress wants the whole truth they just have to ask the questions in a private setting.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Congress, if it had balls, could point out to him that "I can neither confirm nor deny details of our intelligence operations in a public hearing" would have been a truthful and acceptable response.

  • Rufus J. Fisk||

    You can't prosecute a guy who wears a suit, is white, and has a fancy job title. Can't happen!!! Plus.....TERRORISM AND RACISM because he works for Obama.

  • Rufus J. Fisk||

    also, he wears glasses.

  • Emmerson Biggins||

    Dude, he have the not-least-double-untrue answer he could!

  • ||

    Clearly the Koch Brothers are behind this travesty of obstructionism. Lying to Congress i s obviously the RIGHT thing to do if you're trying to protect the 99%. I hope the Representative faces the righteous wrath of the electorate next election.

  • Libertymike||

    Clapper to the clink?

  • Nazdrakke||

    Nice to dream. I think Hyp nailed the reality just above.

  • R C Dean||

    Pet Peeve Alert:

    Why does Clapper's nametag in the photo refer to him as "General" Clapper? Unless he's active duty (which I don't think he is), he's not a general any more.

    It drives me nuts that we refer to these titles as attaching permanently to people. After government officials leave their jobs, they still get to claim the title. That ain't the way its supposed to work in this country. The title goes with the job; its not a peerage or lifetime appointment, so we shouldn't refer to it that way.

  • Nazdrakke||

    That's one that resonates with me, for sure. Makes a laugh out of the constitutional prohibitions on titles of nobility.

  • T||

    Thirded. I don't give a shit how long you spent doing it, once you're done, you revert back to being Joe Citizen and the only title you get is Mr.

    The one that crawls up me because it's so fucking ubiquitous is Ambassador. What, do we have an Embassy in Fairfax or McLean?

  • BakedPenguin||

    Unfortunately, it's probably gone the way of the idea that we shouldn't put people's faces on money, because it's almost idolatrous (even in a non-religious sense).

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Just like cops calling everyday folks "civilians."

    Hey Officer McGIWannabe, we're all civilians.

  • Scooby||

    There is a little difference in this case, he is retired military, and as such was subject to recall into active duty (up to a certain age, anyway; Clapper is now in his 70s).

    Not like our ex-presidents, the living ones who are either Constitutionally forbidden to resume the office, or were fired by the electorate.

  • Mike M.||

    What about Eric Holder? He has committed perjury in front of Congress even more times than Clapper has.

  • Nazdrakke||

    You can't think for a moment that Holder doesn't have all the dirt he needs on O to destroy him if the Chosen One tries to cut him out of the game, can you?

  • Rufus J. Fisk||

    RACIST!!!If he was white you would have given teh guy a blow job and $100 cash

  • Ken Shultz||

    Two words: "Executive Privilege".

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Is it April, already?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    After documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA collects records on virtually all U.S. phone calls, Clapper apologized for the misleading comment.

    That's "Edward Snowden, AMERICA HATING TRAITOR" to you.

  • Dave Krueger||

    Clapper will never be prosecuted. He's got dirt on everyone in Congress, not to mention everyone on the planet.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Plus, once Congress learned about their "special programs", they needed them to ensure their mistresses were staying faithful.

  • croaker||

    If you're worrying about your mistress staying faithful you're not paying her enough.

  • Moe19||

    J. Edgar would be proud.

  • Invisible Finger||

    The asshole that wrote the act that justified all the snooping wants to put all the blame on someone else.

  • GamerFromJump||

    Yet Snowden's the "traitor".

    I guess you could say so if you can think like a goverturd. Treason is defined as (partially), giving aid to the enemies of the US. Goverturds believe "The US" means specifically its government (just like "the militia" means the Army), and have believed for at least the last 60+ years that the public IS the enemy. So if you think like a goverturd, and squint hard enough, Snowden is a traitor by that definition. He gave aid to "the enemy".

  • croaker||

    I wouldn't start cheerleading yet, I find very little difference between Sensenbrenner and a skinhead. The only reason he's doing this is because he is afraid (with justification) that this shit is going to splatter all over him.

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