Rep. Sensenbrenner Wants Intelligence Director Clapper Prosecuted for Lying
Well, 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: