DNI Clapper: We Should’ve Come Clean About Phone Surveillance

Spy chief says Americans would've supported surveillance in wake of 9/11

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This April 18, 2013 file photo shows National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said in an interview published on Monday that the intelligence community should’ve told the American public about secret phone-data collection when that program first began years ago.

“I probably shouldn’t say this, but I will,” Clapper told the Daily Beast. “Had we been transparent about this from the outset right after 9/11 — which is the genesis of the 215 program — and said both to the American people and to their elected representatives, we need to cover this gap, we need to make sure this never happens to us again, so here is what we are going to set up, here is how it’s going to work, and why we have to do it, and here are the safeguards … We wouldn’t have had the problem we had.”

Clapper added that “if the program had been publicly introduced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, most Americans would probably have supported it.”

The government’s phone-records collection program was authorized by its interpretation of section 215 of the Patriot Act. It was kept secret from the American public until it was exposed last year in documents revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Clapper has previously come under fire for denying during Senate testimony that the National Security Agency collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper later said he gave an answer in what he “thought was the most truthful or least untruthful manner,” given the 215 program was classified when the question was asked.

[Daily Beast]

12 comments
reallife
reallife

how is whatever this liar says still considered relevant?

only in Pravda



LutherBrix
LutherBrix

So, to clarify:


"We Need To Look Forward Not Backward" when it comes to Constitutional crimes committed by US government officials.


BUT


For the whistle-blowers who exposed their egregious crimes, all options are on the table to get them including drone strikes.


Rest In Peace, USA...

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

He's right, in a way. People were ready to throw all their rights and privacy at the government post 9-11 when we were both legitimately shaken up and freaked out by those who took advantage of the mob mentality to stir up the panic that led to Americans abdicating their right to privacy and due process en masse. Now that the panic's worn off, people are realizing what really happened and remembering to be outraged at the power grab (that we were fully complicit in, make no mistake.)

1MikeyOB
1MikeyOB

It is the NSA & like the CIA and the rest they are admitting to only & exactly what they have to . If anyone thinks this stopped they are mistaken . the police state mentality created by 9-11 will only get worse as the sheeple share cute pics of animals & You can do it quotes that they obviously only share & not practice as evidenced by their life being Facebook while the future of the world is stolen from all in the name of Security,Environment. Wake up you have the best communications system ever & your sharing quotes you never use and what your eating for lunch . The few that participate can't get their heads out of the GOP/DEM BS that does not matter 1 bit. Want to know who runs this country look at the clubs the people who run this world belong to !  Do you think it is a coincidence that Obama is a Mason ? 

Yoshi
Yoshi

False argument. Post-hoc-propter-hoc.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

«State Terrorism»

Police state practices against its own people to dominate through fear by surveillance (PRISM), disruption of group meetings, control of the news media, beatings, torture, false and mass arrests, false charges and rumors, show trials, killings, summary executions and capital punishment;
the abrogation of civil rights, civil liberties, constitutional protections and the rule of law under the pretext of alleged counter-terrorism falls under the definition of «State Terrorism» in accordance with the Geneva Convention, 1987.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

Says the man who knowingly lied before Congress. Like Eric Holder says, "you can tell a lie to Congress, if you have no ill intent."


Basically, you can commit perjury if you're having happy thoughts when you're doing it..

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@1MikeyOB  Actually nobody knows what or who Obama is. During campaign periods he is a Christian. When elected he favors Muslims. During campaign he is pro business and when elected he institute policies that is anti business.

outsider
outsider

@TerryClifton02  

That was something Snowden blew the whistle on. 

I don't agree with everything he did - and Jmac and i have gone back and forth over it repeatedly. But the idea that lying to your oversight committee is just fine is actually a very scary thought. 

Who knows what else they're lying about - past and continuing behaviors. 

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@outsider @TerryClifton02 

We live in a virtual police state. The government has used terrorism as a tool to strip away our privacy rights, and when they get caught lying about it, nothing happens. I would argue that if this program was under the control of a Republican to the level that it is now, Jmac would be parroting a different tune. What surprises me the most is that when the Patriot Act was passed, liberals and libertarians where the only ones screaming about the power grab, now a lot of liberals are cheer leading for more government intrusion into our daily lives, or they are being silent, which is the same thing.