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Obama official caught misleading Congress

Tom Jackson • Jun 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM

President Obama, defending his domestic spying program today, said that Congress knows all about it. 

"Obama said Congress had been fully briefed on the various secret programs, and suggested that lawmakers who disapproved of those initiatives or to 'abuses' could have objected," says this Yahoo News account.

Oh, really? A dramatic example has emerged of the administration's idea of "fully briefing" Congress: An Obama administration official who denied in testimony before Congress that the National Security Agency collects data from millions of Americans.

Here was the exchange between Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and the president's director of national intelligence, James Clapper:

Wyden: So what I wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?

Clapper: No, sir.

Wyden: It does not.

Clapper: Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.

This was not exactly the truth.

Citation: Here and here.

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