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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Clapper Apologizes for Lying to Senate


In senate hearing on March 12, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper,

“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper replied, “No sir … not wittingly.”
 
After Edward Snowden's first leak about the NSA phone and internet operation it became very apparent clapper was lying. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviewed Clapper and asked him why he answered Wyden the way he did. He replied:

“I thought, though in retrospect, I was asked [a] ‘when are you going to … stop beating your wife’ kind of question, which is … not answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no. So I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner by saying, ‘No.’ ”
 
Translating that answer into English it is believed he said I found the most truthful lie possible.
 Of course, we wouldn't know any of this but for Snowden. He deserves a medal and a presidential pardon.

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