Clapper Denies Lying About NSA Surveillance

So, now he's lying about lying?


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday that he stood by what he told Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in March when he said that the National Security Agency does not "wittingly" collect data on millions of Americans.

"What I said was, the NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens' e-mails. I stand by that," Clapper told National Journal in a telephone interview.

On March 12, at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wyden asked Clapper: "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" Clapper responded: "No, sir." When Wyden followed up by asking, "It does not?" Clapper said: "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect—but not wittingly." Clapper did not specify at the time that he was referring to e-mail.

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  1. Please define “is”.

  2. It must be a scary time for Clapper. Up to this point he’s been an obscure bureaucrat quietly running his agency, never having to talk to the press.

    Now all of a sudden he’s up to his eyeballs in trying top spin his conduct in a way that doesn’t make the administration look bad, fighting press investigation into his agency’s conduct, and trying to not lose his job.

    1. Agammamon| 6.7.13 @ 9:20PM |#
      “It must be a scary time for Clapper…”

      And he deserves every bit of fright and sleepless nights we can deliver.
      Sleazy bureaucrats feeding at the public trough; every one of them should go to bed every night knowing someone can fire them tomorrow.
      IOWs, pretty much like all of us working for for-profit companies.

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