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December 9, 2013 - 9:02 am

An author of the Patriot Act wants Director of National Intelligence James Clapper prosecuted for lying to Congress about the NSA’s data collection activities on Americans.

After the Edward Snowden leaks, Clapper was asked at a June Senate hearing by Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

“No sir,” Clapper responded, later adding, “Not wittingly.”

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said that Clapper’s apology for misleading Congress was “definitely not good enough for me.”

“It’s a crime to lie to Congress. And Clapper admitted that he gave, quote, ‘the least untruthful answer.’ Well, I think a little bit of a lie is like being a little bit pregnant. A lie is a lie, and the only Congress can do its oversight properly is with truthful testimony. And that’s why the law is on the books that says if you lie to Congress, you’ve committed a crime,” Sensenbrenner said this morning on Fox.

He noted the legislation he filed to clarify the interpretation of his Patriot Act, which intelligence agencies used as justification for the controversial surveillance programs.

“The original intent of the Patriot Act was first, that the government, including the NSA and the justice department would target a non-U.S. person who, as part of an authorized terrorism investigation, get a warrant from the secret court and then find out who that person was in contact with,” Sensenbrenner said.

“What they did was turn that definition on its head to grab everybody’s phone records. They made a very big haystack and — well a very small needle inside of it, it — it hasn’t been effective and I think it’s in violation of the law.”

Sensenbrenner’s bill would block the bulk collection of phone records and tighten the definitions on who can be targeted by the NSA.

“Listen, we have to balance out security with — with respect for civil rights and our constitution which has made America different. And what the NSA has done with the administration’s concurrence, simply turn that on the head, then go the security route and forget about the civil liberties and constitutional route,” he said.

He also wants civilians in charge of the programs instead of the military, noting that “their job is to protect the security of the United States, and to forget, completely, about the civil liberties and constitutional concerns.”

“I think that having someone without a military background in charge of both the NSA, as well as being the national director of intelligence would bring that proper balance into view in determining what to ask the secret court to approve and how to go about collecting the information that needs us — makes us safe,” Sensenbrenner said.

“I can say very clearly and emphatically that we do need to have a properly administered business records law because data that is held by third party, such as telecommunications companies, can be very useful in tracking down terrorists before they strike us. But we ought to — rather than grabbing everybody’s records, zero-in on people that we suspect of doing us harm and then finding out what they’re up to.”

NSA Director Keith Alexander, a four-star general, reportedly offered to resign after the Snowden leaks but the Obama administration asked him to stay on.

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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"Even when they get REAL information, about SPECIFIC suspicious people (Major Hassan, the Tsarvev bros.?) they arent able to connect the dots..."

It is a serious mistake to think that the NSA spying has anything to do with foreign terrorism.

The people most feared by any tyrant are the people they rule.
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I remember right after 9/11 congress assembled on the steps of the capitol and put their hands on their hearts and said the pledge of allegiance. I looked at the TV in horror and said " Oh my god. We are F#&*@D!"
Several other people in the room with me asked in various tones of puzzlement and offense " What do you mean?"

So now, the guy who authored the Enabling Ac....I mean Patriot Act is upset that the jackboot is coming down on us? The idiot should be tarred and feathered.
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In the voice of a long ago Saturday Night Live skit:

"Lice, Lice, all LICE!"

Its all a lie....the "counter terrorism" angle that is....

There is no way, in real time, they can digest and analyze THAT volume of information, to do a single God Blessed thing about it.

Its not an information stream to make "live" decisions (think how you process information AS you drive to avoid crashing), its a STOREHOUSE of data, for navagating AFTER the fact (think of re-tracing your path with Google Maps).

Even when they get REAL information, about SPECIFIC suspicious people (Major Hassan, the Tsarvev bros.?) they arent able to connect the dots in time, even with months, sometimes YEARS of signs pointing to one person and one inevitable conclusion. Never mind sifting through "everything" esle.

This aint about protecting "us", its about protecting THEM....

By maintaining a storehouse of personal and financial information on every single one of us, they will eventually control us.....what we're willing to say, think, do, donate to and speak out against...because we are all marked, and monitored, and tracked, and recorded. If they ever need to take one of us down, for what ever reason, they will.

The rest will be kept silent and impotent out of fear...with layers of red tape, audits, EPA investigations (nice piece of wet land ya got there), Eminent Domain seizures (be a shame if somethin happened to it) , child abuse accusations (your kid had an NRA t-shirt in school? tsk tsk) based on our "outspokenness", and what they have on us in The Archive

J Edgar Hoover had so much dirt on so many people, even presidents feared him...the NSA is a Nuclear Hoover on Steriods, and the "game" is going to be who gets to hold on to that leash, and where they point the dog.
The race is on to hurry-up and FINISH BUILDING this behemouth...

And be the ones top of it, pointing it at everyone else.







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my classmate's mother makes $89/hr on the laptop. She has been laid off for 8 months but last month her paycheck was $12657 just working on the laptop for a few hours. read the article,,,,,,,http://www.jobs59.com
32 weeks ago
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I know people who know Clapper.

They don't think much of him.
32 weeks ago
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IT was a pretty big lie.and shown on television. The man must not have gone through the Obama school of lying.
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Fla. state senators push for constitutional convention to rein in ‘runaway’ federal government December 10, 2013

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/12/10/fla-state-senators-push-for-constitutional-convention-to-rein-in-runaway-federal-government-88693
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Don't forget Petraeus who, when still CIA Director, lied to a congressional committee and said Bengali was caused by that obscure video.
33 weeks ago
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Right on, Mrs. Johnson!


Jun 7, 2013 William Benny - The Government is Profiling You (The NSA is Spying on You)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB3KR8fWNh0

NSA stores data to target any citizen at any time - Greenwald October 29, 2013

http://rt.com/news/greenwald-interview-nsa-data-903/


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Obama is free to do anything he wants to America and the Republicans until the Republicans start to fight back.

Fast & Furious, IRS, Benghazi, etc., etc., etc. He's gotten away scot-free. He will continue to get away scot-free.

No
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Oh come on! Sensenbrenner wants to get Clapper for LYING to Congress? How about Congress LYING to America? Why does he think it's ok for Congress and the president to lie daily/hourly but not for one of the most needed secure covert ops to not lie to a bunch of liars?
33 weeks ago
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Please read up on a concept known as, "The Rule of Law".


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I remember right after 9/11 congress assembled on the steps of the capitol and put their hands on their hearts and said the pledge of allegiance. I looked at the TV in horror and said " Oh my god. We are F#&*@D!"
Several other people in the room with me asked in various tones of puzzlement and offense " What do you mean?"

So now, the guy who authored the Enabling Ac....I mean Patriot Act is upset that the jackboot is coming down on us? The idiot should be tarred and feathered.
33 weeks ago
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Here is the factual history.


9/11 In A Nutshell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrJiKbK0tVM&feature=player_embedded#t=0

Forty Years Since the Chilean Coup of September 11, 1973 By Bill Van Auken Global Research, September 11, 2013

http://www.globalresearch.ca/forty-years-since-the-chilean-coup-of-september-11-1973/5349323
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"Allende had a close relationship with the Chilean Communist Party from the beginning of his political career. " -wiki

Freedom76 are you sure you know what you are talking about or are you practicing taqiyya on the rest of us?
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Ignore him - he's a nutcase.
32 weeks ago
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" an alliance between Allende’s Socialist Party, ...

Allende was not a socialist" - Billy van Awkward

Because you know ... being the head of a a socialist party ... does not mean you are a socialist. For sure ...

33 weeks ago
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I don't know the color of the ceiling in your parents basement, but you need to get out more,
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Congress' refusal to hold public officials accountable for malfeasance is in itself malfeasance. Obama has shown the ruling class that they need not abide the rule of law or public opinion because there will be no consequences. Nothing will change until someone is seen to be paying a price for wrong-doing. It would be incredibly popluar, too.
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