So sorry, Congress, now that you caught me in a lie (FUCK YOU SNOWDEN, GELLMAN, AND GREENWALD!):
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has apologized for a “clearly erroneous” statement he made to Congress over the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities.
In a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), released publicly on Tuesday, Clapper said he was mistaken when he told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that the United States did not collect data on millions of Americans.
“My response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize,” Clapper wrote in the letter dated June 21.
“While my staff acknowledged the error to Senator Wyden’s staff soon after the hearing, I can now openly correct it because the existence of the metadata collection program has been declassified,” Clapper said.
Clapper’s statements at the March 12 Senate hearing have received enormous scrutiny ever since news stories revealed the NSA’s telephone and Internet surveillance programs last month.
Clapper directly contradicted those stories in his comments on March 12.
“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Wyden asked the intelligence director at the hearing.
“No, sir,” Clapper replied.
Clapper has some greatest hits, too:
From 2001 to 2006, Clapper was the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies to provide information on insurgencies, nuclear sites, terror camps and troop movements.
After the U.S. began the Iraq war, Clapper suggested to reporters in 2003 that Iraqi officials, perhaps working without the knowledge of Saddam Hussein, moved evidence of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs outside the country before the war started.
Before the war, Clapper’s outfit was one of several intelligence agencies that endorsed conclusions that Iraq was working on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. His agency analyzed satellite photos.
“We certainly feel there were indications of WMD activity,” Clapper told reporters in October 2003.
Serial liar and an idiot. But, you know, Greenwald hates America and Snowden is worse than Hitler.
We are clearly better off elevating sociopaths and serial liars like Clapper to positions of great power than we are listening to people exposing these lies, because let’s face it, Greenwald is gay and doesn’t even live in the US and may have somehow tarnished Obama’s image, and well, hell, Snowden is effeminate and had a pole-dancing girlfriend. Not to mention, he left the United States! Anyone with faith in America would stay here no matter what. Our track record with leakers is impeccable. Really, it was all just mistakes.
Plus, this kind of stuff just harshes my buzz:
Although I am sure half of you morans are more concerned about embarrassing Obama (the most powerful man in the world who is not up for re-election) and Snowden’s white privilege, what these leaks are about are blatant and egregious abuses of government power. I’m not making these guys out to be heroes, but the way so many alleged liberals and Democrats are turning them into villains of the worst kind reminds me of the folks in the Holy Grail debating what floats.
Your bullshit doesn’t.