Monday, August 19, 2013

Evil Air Quotes

James Clapper, the current director of National Intelligence, has been tapped by President Barack Obama to appoint a panel to review the United State's global collection of signals intelligence.  This responsibility was given to a man who a government official who lied before Congress by a direct question from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on NSA electronic surveillance on Americans on U.S. soil.

Later, Clapper sought to clarify his statement by saying: “What I said was, ‘the NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens’ e-mails.’ I stand by that.”

Now it has become clear that the NSA routinely violates American law on spying on Americans and then lies to the Legislative Branch about it.  But surely Clapper's study group will defend these practices  for "National Security" reasons while using air quotes.  Right.  Or as Dr. Evil would say: "Throw me a frickin' bone."  We've been there and done that already.

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