The Growing Partisan Issue of Holding Clapper Accountable for Lying to Congress

By: Friday December 20, 2013 10:40 am

An increasing number of Republicans in Congress support holding Director for National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for lying to Congress in March, when he was asked about spying on Americans.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is the co-sponsor of legislation that would rein in some of the National Security Agency’s powers, urged Attorney General Eric Holder to have the Justice Department investigate Clapper.

 

Patriot Act Author Wants Clapper Prosecuted for Lying to Congress

By: Friday December 6, 2013 11:06 am

Patriot Act author Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) wants DNI James Clapper fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress. During testimony under oath Clapper lied to Senator Ron Wyden about the NSA’s spying programs that involved scooping up information from Americans.

“Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it,” the Wisconsin Republican said

Not Even Feinstein Calls Her Bill, Which Legalizes & Expands Surveillance, ‘Reform’

By: Friday November 1, 2013 8:18 am

Legislation that would restore legitimacy to the National Security Agency by giving off the appearance of improving privacy protections and enhancing transparency of United States surveillance passed in the Senate intelligence committee. The bill was drafted and shepherded through the committee by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most passionate defenders of US government surveillance.

Senator Dianne Feinstein Publishes Another Op-Ed as Part of Effort to Save NSA Surveillance Powers

By: Monday October 21, 2013 10:45 am

At the forefront of efforts to limit the political effects of this shift in public opinion is Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California. She has used her status in the Senate as the chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee to help the NSA defend programs that have come under scrutiny.

In Wall Street Journal, Senator Dianne Feinstein Insidiously Defends NSA Surveillance

By: Monday October 14, 2013 1:45 pm

At the forefront of intelligence community efforts to fully restore legitimacy to the massive surveillance apparatus that has grown since the September 11th attacks is Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Under Obama, NSA Continued Expansion of Program to Collect Data on Some Americans’ Social Networks (Updated)

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 4:00 pm

Under President Barack Obama, the National Security Agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on social connections between some Americans to help “discover and track” connection between “intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States,” according to a report from The New York Times. 

The Other Questions Senator Ron Wyden Wants Answered on NSA Surveillance

By: Friday September 27, 2013 9:26 am

At a hearing convened by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chair of the committee, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, ensured that a second round of questions would not be asked of the distinguished witnesses present—NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Assistant Attorney General James Cole.

Late Night: They Must Love Us Now

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 8:00 pm

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.

Questioning the NSA’s Claim That Secret Surveillance Programs Thwarted 50 Terror Plots

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 10:26 am

Two United States senators are disputing claims made by the National Security Agency that secret surveillance programs exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disrupted “dozens of potential terrorist plots.”

Udall and Wyden Question NSA Head’s Defense of Surveillance Programs

By: Friday June 14, 2013 12:18 pm

It appears Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper may not be alone in misleading Congress during official testimony about NSA surveillance programs. Earlier this week the head of the NSA, Keith Alexander, testified that these programs help stop “dozens” of terrorist attack. Apparently, this might not be the most truthful answer.

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