Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Clap On! Clap Off! Clap On, Clap Off, James Clapper! Liar's Time to Exit

There is no end of lying in Washington.

Glenn Beck recently highlighted the Obamalies website, which catalogs a series of lies from this administration's father of lies, Barry Slewfoot, er Soetoro here.

As the scandals multiply, as the coverups spread, as Obama draws down in a Jim Bakker style protective fetal mode of suspicion, denial, shifted blame, and obfuscation, no doubt the Obamalies website will become inundated with weekly, then daily, then hourly and finally minutely lie updates.  Enjoy the read here.

In the face of the furious frenzy of falsifications, Congress seems to have adopted the advice of erstwhile Texas gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams, whose 1990 run for Texas governor was helped into a grave of his tongue's own digging when he remarked that if a rape was inevitable, a woman should relax and enjoy it.

Congress may be working hard behind the scenes to bring these lies and lying liars who tell them to bar.  I doubt it.  For example, all signs indicate that the House Republicans are being warned off Benghazi by Boehner, which, if true, is a boner in itself, Boehner's biggest boner, in all likelihood.  In any event, it is doubtful the Democratic Party controlled Senate is likely to take action on one of the lately uncovered big boners of a lie, but why not hold out hope.

What lie, you ask?

The whopper served up to the Senate Intelligence Committee by James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. 

The deets are set out, among other places, in a recent Hot Air Blog here, relying on a heads up from Instapundit here, after a nod to the problem in The Hill here.  The essence is this:

While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Clapper was asked quite directly whether the NSA was collecting data on large numbers of Americans.  He gave a firm and clear, "No," in response.  Okay.  All well and good, he supposes.

Then along comes the pesky Guardian article (given wings by information from Booz Allen Hamilton employee Edward Snowden) revealing a broad sweep of American domestic telephony on the Verizon network by the Obama administration.

Given the opportunity to clarify (clarify is Beltway blather for explain your previous lie), Director Clapper chose the only obvious course that ever appears to a liar, he doubled down for deceit.  This time, where he had been asked, and had answered no, on whether the National Security Agency was collecting data on millions of American, he went for the obfuscatory clarification.

Here, as reported on the National Journal website, is Director Clapper's clarification:
"Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday that he stood by what he told Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in March when he said that the National Security Agency does not "wittingly" collect data on millions of Americans.
"What I said was, the NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens' e-mails. I stand by that," Clapper told National Journal in a telephone interview."
Pardon me?

Here, again, is the exchange between Senator Ron Wyden and Clapper:
"Sen. Wyden: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?

Director Clapper: No sir.  It does not. Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertantly perhaps collect, but not wittingly."
You can watch this exchange here (if you do, advance in to the two hour, eight minute mark, and you will find the question and answer).

So, now, what did Clapper say:

(a)  The NSA does not collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans


(b)  The NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens' emails?

While I wait for your answer I'll play the obligatory quiz show theme music, which you can listen to here.

Yes, you can clap on.  You can clap off.  But with the Clapper and National Intelligence, we will all be in the dark about the extent of domestic surveillance.  Time to clap off Clapper.