As I watched the first tiny peep of congressional rebellion against the odious, authoritarian policies that have swamped America since The Day That Changed Everything narrowly defeated in the House yesterday, I was reminded of the endlessly repeated, tinny refrain of those dark days, “They hate us for our freedom.” According to such preschool logic, the “Patriot Act,” passed nearly unanimously a few weeks later, should have fixed that once and for all.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 24, 2013 6:35 am|
All hell broke lose in Washington when, to the surprise of many, a bill to limit the NSA’s power to spy on Americans made it out of a House committee. The bill, known as the Amash Amendment for its cosponsor Representative Justin Amash, was attached to the defense spending bill. The law will limit the NSA’s “authority for blanket collections under the Patriot Act.” The NSA spent all of yesterday in emergency meetings trying to convince representatives to kill the bill.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 1, 2013 2:55 pm|
While under oath in an Congressional oversight hearing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper answered a prepared question with a lie. Even after given ample time to correct his answer Clapper stuck to his intentional statement. It was only after the NSA leak that the public had proof of his deception.
|By: DSWright Monday June 24, 2013 11:45 am|
In an interview with This Week NSA Director General Keith Alexander made a ridiculous and clearly dishonest claim – that he didn’t know who Wikileaks are.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday June 13, 2013 8:00 pm|
Lying has certainly come a long way in the new century. Those of us us born in the 1900′s can still remember a time when being caught publicly lying could bring down a President (Nixon), or at the very least, get one impeached (Clinton). In those sepia-toned days, lying was a content-neutral affront; Barry Goldwater was just as justifiably incensed at being lied to by Nixon as Al Gore was at being lied to by Clinton, despite the rather gigantic difference between the significance of their respective lies.
But something odd happened when George W. Bush entered office.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 12, 2013 2:55 pm|
I’ve noticed that in an effort to discredit Edward Snowden many are trying to create a new standard for the term “whistle-blower” so they can deny him the title. According to people such as Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a whistle-blower must reveal “wrongdoing, corruption, illegal activity.” Apparently, revealing the existence of secret programs with serious potential for abuse is not good enough.
|By: DSWright Wednesday June 12, 2013 9:25 am|
The head of the National Security Agency General Keith Alexander will testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee today at 2 pm EST. The hearing was scheduled prior to the bombshell revelations published by the Guardian of NSA spying programs targeting American citizens.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 12, 2013 8:30 am|
Not only did Director of National Intelligence James Clapper purposely give misleading answers to Congress while under oath to hide the existence of NSA programs, but he also apparently lies about what these programs accomplished. The Obama administration declassified details about a terrorist plot that was supposedly stopped by PRISM, but Clapper got the basic details wrong. From the Huffington Post:
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 11, 2013 1:05 pm|
Not only are the prepared deceptive answers given by Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper in Congressional testimony potentially serious crimes, but the entire incident completely undermines President Obama defense of the newly reviled NSA domestic surveillance programs.
|By: DSWright Monday June 10, 2013 6:40 am|
In testimony before Congress the Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper claimed there was no program to collect information on American citizens.