Clapper Signs Media Directive Gagging Intelligence Workers

Last month Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed a directive banning the employees of some government agencies from discussing intelligence-related work with the media.

Read the directive below:

In the directive "media" is defined as "any person, organization, or entity" that is "primarily engaged in the collection, production, or dissemination to the public of information in any form, which includes print, broadcast, film and Internet" or is "otherwise engaged in the collection, production, or dissemination to the public of information in any form related to topics of national security, which includes print, broadcast, film and Internet."

In an email, the Government Accountability Project's national security and human rights director, Jesslyn Radack, rightly points out that the directive "is a clear extension of the executive branch's war on national security whistleblowers."

This latest action is a clear extension of the executive branch's war on national security whistleblowers. It is a grotesque twist for James Clapper to limit public knowledge about government activity when he himself has been responsible for lying to Congress and misleading the public about the government's overreaching mass surveillance programs.

The lie in question can be watched below. In March last year Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" Clapper responded, "No, sir." Wyden went on to ask, "It does not?" Clapper responded, "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly."

Under a heading titled "Policy," the directive says:

The IC [Intelligence Community] is committed to sharing information responsibly with the public via the media to further government openness and transparency and to build public understanding of the IC and its programs, consistent with the protection of intelligence sources and methods.

Remember, the Obama administration is supposedly "the most transparent administration in history."

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Unlike Clapper, anyone found breaking the rules will no doubt face consequences.

  • Swiss Servator, Käse, Käse!||

    This is why I know Congress won't do anything to Holder - Clapper lies directlyto their faces, and they just let him.

    and nothing else happened

  • paranoid android||

    I think all media publications should start referring to Clapper as "confessed perjurer James Clapper" the way James Taranto needles Paul Krugman with the "former Enron adviser" thing.

  • Loki||

    Remember, the Obama administration is supposedly "the most transparent administration in history."

    In a way they are. They're the most transparently lying shitweasels in history.

  • BSubversive.com||

    That's true Loki, they are so transparently corrupt that even a mouth breathing Obama voter just might realize that government only breaks shit, kills people and steals.

  • ||

    Tony and Shrike are still cheerleading for them, so the corruption is still too sophisticated for mouth breathers.

  • BSubversive.com||

    But Tony and Shrike aren't real people, nobody could be that dumb and stay alive.

  • BSubversive.com||

    Duh, opaque is the NEW transparent.

  • paranoid android||

    Why, if only Comrade Obama knew about these abuses! Surely he'd put a stop to them if only someone would tell him!

  • Swiss Servator, Käse, Käse!||

    *continues counting trees in Siberia*

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Ron Wyden? He ought to do more thinking, and less Wyden!

  • Rev Match||

    TRANSPARENCY!

  • Response||

    Like this really matters. If the mainstream media got a hold of a juicy secrete, they wouldn't print it anyway if it made the administration look bad.

  • Dixon_Sider||

    A juicy secrete? Now you're just being crude.

  • Response||

    I'm trying to determine if that was Freudian, but I'm failing to make the connection. The two words juxtapose was especially unfortunate.

  • exchef100||

    Didn't they put the same gag order on ACA workers?

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