Obama official caught misleading Congress

Tom Jackson
Jun 7, 2013

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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Darwin's choice
Darwin's choice
Darwin's choice

And, the hits just keep coming...
http://redflagnews.com/headlines...

Grandpa04

This cant be true, polotitions lie?

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Mime Bloggling

"Obama official caught misleading Congress"

Isn't the word 'misleading' another word for lying?

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/0...

Maggdi

I won't criticize the main point of this post, but that 'you can't see the forest afore the trees'.
The scope at this point in history of direct abuses of individual liberty and freedom is breathtaking. Everyone needs to stop and ruminate about whether we, as individuals truly have any expectation of liberty or what liberty means for that matter.
Does our safety and well being depend on ourselves or the government?
Or something in between? Because if you're an 'in betweener' I have inconsolable news for you: That dog won't hunt. It's either one or the other. And one at least has a chance of working for more individuals than the other. The other is a Little Shop of Horrors in the making.
So I guess our question is: is the collective more important than the individual?

I want one hundred and fifty words on that by Monday. FYI, I can spot plagiarism!

coasterfan

Sorry to burst your bubble, but this began in 2007 under Bush. It's a direct result of The Patriot Act, which was the first obvious challenge to the 4th Amendment. If you didn't complain then, it's pretty hypocritical to complain now, especially given the fact that Congress knew about and repeatedly approved Prism over the past 6 years.

Maggdi

I complained and resisted! I will repeat that the Patriot Act is an abomination! From conception.
I was also under the impression that our current President was going to make all bad things go away.... Oh wait. I get it. the conservative/ repuglitan's prevented the One from setting these wrong's right.

Contango

Re: "If you didn't complain then,"

Hated it then, hated it even more after expansion.

Re: "Congress knew about and repeatedly approved Prism over the past 6 years."

Then why the outcry from the NY Times, Al Gore and several Dem members of Congress???

So you OK with this coasterfan?

The Big Dog's back

It wasn't a problem with the right wingers until a Black man became President.

Contango

^^^ “Almost as bad as the FACT that we have a Black President.” - The Big Dog’s back, Oct. 18, 2011 :)

The Big Dog's back

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Maggdi

It was a problem and I had hoped at the time that our two party system would stop this travesty. I was astonished when the Democrats went along with it. Until I realized All those new unionized government workers that would have to be hired to administer a new bureaucracy. They must of been salivating.

Maggdi

*** Crickets ****

2cents

Who tracks you more? Big brother or Google and Amazon LOL

Contango

Re: "Amazon"

The State of OH should track on-line purchases and send consumers a tax bill for all the unpaid sales taxes.

Since the Obamabots love the IRS and the NSA, they oughta have no objection.

Maggdi

And give this leviathan even more resources?
Let's hold off on anymore revenue raising ideas until we certify that we aren't paying some poor hard working civil servant's $3700 a night hotel bill at the very least..

The Big Dog's back

So you think kassick is a Leviathan now huh? Who knew?

Contango

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2cents

Are you suggesting the consumption only tax? It may work if the reporting can be done right.

Contango

Re: "Are you suggesting the consumption only tax?"

Seems to work well for states like TX and others.

The Big Dog's back

No it doesn't.

Contango

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Fromthe419

What I find amazing is the amount of anti-Obama articles coming out in newspapers (not just the SR) the past two weeks. Memo to future Presidents, do not investigate the AP or other journalists, they will do the same to you. For five years Obama enjoyed and largely got a free pass from mainstream media, it seems to me that he is declaring war on the very people that helped put him in office. He better watch his P's and Q's or they'll keep digging and we'll be calling him former President Obama (not sayin' I'll have a problem with that).

Contango

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The Big Dog's back

So we should be afraid of the Press now?

Contango

Re: "So we should be afraid of the Press now?"

^^^ “I was thinking more like a registered maroon.” - The Big Dog's back, 6/2/13

Fromthe419

No, we shouldn't be afraid, but he should. If you attack the very people that helped put you in office and your administration continues to mislead Congress, illegally targets your political opponents, and uses the NSA to spy on your citizens. Who is the new head of the NSA? Susan (it was a spontaneous protest) Rice. Do you really trust her to head this very powerful organization? As I said in an earlier post, what type of government do we want? It seems we have two choices, one the protects our liberty and freedom or the nanny/saviour state that protects us from ourselves.

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