Sad James Clapper is Sad.
Lost in the plane-chasing, Moscow-airport-limbo-ing dramatic Snowden headlines today is a bombshell revelation: America's most senior intelligence official lied to a Senate intelligence committee.
Not that James Clapper is admitting he committed perjury by intentionally misleading our elected representatives.
He claims instead that he gave an 'erroneous' answer because he forgot about the Patriot Act. And you know he'll get away with it.
In testimony he gave in March to the Senate intelligence committee’s Ron Wyden (D-OR), Clapper said the NSA did “not wittingly
” collect “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” More of that exchange is transcribed here
But in a letter released Tuesday, Clapper told Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) his remarks were “clearly erroneous.” He blames the error on the fact he was thinking about a different kind of surveillance, the collection of internet data of persons the NSA believes to be foreigners outside of the US. By the way, if you use encryption, you may be flagged by default as a non-American in this program.
“I apologize,” Clapper wrote. “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 program has been declassified.”
The new data-sharing rules enacted by the Obama administration will allow the NSA to lawfully share the unredacted, full take of its surveillance databases with sixteen other US government agencies — meaning that, for example, Trump’s door-to-door deportation squads could use that data to figure out who’s doors to break down, and his Muslim surveillance […]
The United States intelligence community has promised lawmakers it will provide as soon as January 2017 a public estimate of the number of Americans whose digital communications were subject to surveillance under the pretense of capturing foreign espionage, according to a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers’ letter that Reuters saw and reports here.
The Intercept continues its work analyzing SID Today, the NSA’s internal employee newsletter, with a fresh release of 262 articles — these are in addition to the 166 articles published last spring.
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