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June 6, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Thanks to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for marking this March 12 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing right to the point where Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied the National Security Agency was “wittingly” collecting data on millions of Americans:

UPDATE: In a lengthy statement today, Clapper slammed the Guardian article on the Verizon records, saying “the unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation.”

“The article omits key information regarding how a classified intelligence collection program is used to prevent terrorist attacks and the numerous safeguards that protect privacy and civil liberties,” Clapper said.

“…Discussing programs like this publicly will have an impact on the behavior of our adversaries and make it more difficult for us to understand their intentions. Surveillance programs like this one are consistently subject to safeguards that are designed to strike the appropriate balance between national security interests and civil liberties and privacy concerns. I believe it is important to address the misleading impression left by the article and to reassure the American people that the Intelligence Community is committed to respecting the civil liberties and privacy of all American citizens.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Damn, So much BS and NO answers.
1 year ago
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The integrity of the NSA is just as rock-solid as the IRS!
1 year ago
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Clapper could start by ditching the idiotic word "wittingly." How about just "knowingly"--?
1 year ago
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I read that in order to get around our constitutional limits, that the British were doing the monitoring of US citizens and transmitting it back to the NSA and or FBI. We, in turn, were monitoring their citizens. Someone should ask Clapper about this.
1 year ago
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Sorry, this comes under the heading of “Data Mining!”
See, if We The People accept the premise that 2012 elections were won solely on Obama team’s ability to successfully “data mine” 2010 Census data, segment each voting district’s information into analog spread sheets (ex:numbers of EBT cards and applicants, etc.) and apply this for election purposes…what’s to say a national program of “data mining” of ALL American’s means of communications: phone records and social media wouldn’t be of primal importance? HUH!!!!
Question, how to get this authorization? BINGO! The Patriot Act! That’s how. Need proof? Why is it the Boston Marathon Bombers weren’t even on NSA’s radar map? HUH? Remember the lead investigator, on TV, ASKED, BEGGED for any videos, pictures, silent witnesses??? Because phone records and social media WEREN’T even being used for terrorist purposes. Why? one asks! Because the president said there weren’t any Islamic terrorists anymore…and he wanted the Patriot Act for “data mining” for the 2014 and 2016 elections. There, now does America understand what’s REALLY happening? Damn! Wake-up america, it’s We The Elite People of culture of corruption in all of Washington DC that are the problem,i.e., 1)Greed, 2)power and 3)corruption. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a Tea Party…now!Every politician worth his lying arse will justify the use of Patriot Act…for THEIR own re-elections (“data mining”). Read the Tea leaves. The federal gvoernment is working AGAINST Americans…don’t trust this greedy, power hungry and corrupt American government. Crony-capitalism for political gain(s).
1 year ago
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Rove on Fox last night argued that the intelligence professionals at the NSA and CIA etc. can be trusted not to misuse this information. Considering that we know that the whole alphabet soup of other agencies, DOJ, IRS, FBI, etc. are bent, this seems too optimistic.
Also--if this is all about security, why does the administration refuse to secure the border? (Read this point somewhere yesterday, maybe Mark Levin.)
1 year ago
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Chicago politics at its finest.
Nothing about this entire mess of lies, fabrications, and abuse of power is the least bit surprising to anyone who grew up in proximity to the Chicago machine where businessmen, politicians, and mobsters were all different heads on the same body.
1 year ago
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What's amazing to me is these people who give misinformation otherwise known as a lie or lying, fail to understand that the truth will out. It always does. I suppose it could be the person striving for the uniqueness they crave. The 'I am different' sort of thing.
1 year ago
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We can certainly believe they do not do their jobs "wittingly".

We've had the Kermit Gosnell, the Benghazi, the Eric Holder "justice" department "fast and furious", the open-mike comment from Obama in Russia that "after the election I can be more flexible", and sundry oddities of the management of government from this Obama Administration. As SOME of their activities known to us. Intimations of their ideology, methodology and confidence that they can/do as they like, who's to stop them?

"Unwitting" abuse of the laws which they are enjoined to uphold and defend is A-OK then. They hold and deal the cards for the game on the table. And we know the game ALWAYs favours the House.

To do the job "unwittingly" just another get out of jail free card to the" I / We didn't know", "what difference does it make anyway", "it wasn't my fault, Bush or somebody else did it", and any criticism or requirement of PROOF of the legitimacy of Obama's presidency as "racist" just more trumps to the deck of these "democrats" and friends. AKA compassionate liberal, international collectivist progressives.

So go to bed boys and girls, you are all protected and watched over in the night by the brave warriors of all political factions in the Freemasonry of the US Congress, Judidicary and Executive.

Guardians of the People's Rights. As co-equal branches of government
the HOPE for balance of powers. But when they all work together to abrogate Rights of Americans, it smacks of conspiracy. To "unwittingly" and "secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the City."

The major pillars the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as protector of the Rights of citizens. But the guardianship of those proections in the hands of the "representatives of the People". Et voila fundamental transformation.

Quis costodiet ipsos custodes?
1 year ago
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Øbama, "I know nothing."
Hølder, "I know nothing."
Clintøn, "I know nothing."
Clapper, "Clap on, clap off."
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