Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Lied to Congress about NSA Surveillance in March

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is under fire for statements he made before Congress that suggested he had no knowledge about federal government programs that collected data on millions of Americans’ phone calls and Internet activities.

In March, Clapper said at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he was not aware that the National Security Agency was involved in such large-scale efforts.

The questioning of Clapper’s statements follow blockbuster news last week that the federal government has since 9/11 been logging millions, perhaps billions, of calls and Internet activities and as the NSA’s top official goes before the same Senate committee for a closed-door briefing on the issue.

“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Oregon Republican Sen. Ron Wyden asked Clapper at the March 12 hearing.
“No, sir,” Clapper responded.

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  • TexRancher

    Where’s the outrage that Clapper lied to Congress? They went after Roger Clemens not once, but twice accusing him of the dastardly deed of llying to Congress. Is this not worse and deserving of the same kind of reaction? Charge this guy and get on with it. Put him in the CrossBar Hotel ! Of course Congress lies to us on a daIly basis!

  • Herman Vogel

    Didn’t Scooter Libby go to prison for not knowing about something he didn’t know about, or had anything to do with,,,and a journalist actually confessed to doing it,,,and this moron knew everything and told congress he didn’t. So why isn’t in an Orange Jump Suit?

  • reggiec

    Maybe Clapper was trying to keep the lid on another Pandora’s box. Every time new scandal is discovered it turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg. Is the NSA data mining the same?

    Is there a smoking gun here?

    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has stated that President
    Barack Obama has put together a campaign database that “will have information about everything on every individual. That database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been done before.”

  • amiciLatinae

    Is lying to Congress stil perjury?