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.

 

 

Comments

Contango

LOL.

Happened to catch a bit of Bill Maher's show last night.

He said that he was OK with all the NSA stuff under a Pres. Obama, but that he worried about it under a Pres. Ted Cruz.

Mr. Fascist should know that Sen. Cruz was born in Canada and that a run for POTUS would be highly contentious if not unlikely.

PLUS, the useful idiot was OK with collecting DNA from EVERYONE who is arrested!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e...

coasterfan: You respect the ideas of this fascist???

bondgirlM

Maher's an idiot

Maggdi

HEH!

I like the cut of your jib BondgirlM! ...'when a few words will do'...

The Big Dog's back

Bill Maher is a Libertarian. Aren't you a libertarian pooh bag?

Contango

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Contango

Pres. Obama: "Nobody’s listening to your phone calls,"

And "nobody" is looking at your credit card transactions OR most IRS returns either.

They're called COMPUTERS. They use algorithms to sift through the data.

See, he didn't LIE; perusal, he just MISSPOKE. :)

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Whatdoyasay that we mix up a nice big pitcher of ice-cold Obama brand flavored Kool-aid, kick back and listen to some Bobby McFerrin?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y...

The Big Dog's back

Into repeating already this morning ehh? A A.

Contango

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shucks

This is " Binge Week" for Contango

Contango

^^^ “He's gotten nuttier.” – 4shizzle, 6/5/13 :)

The Big Dog's back

One Bourbon, One Scotch, one Beer. A A.

Contango

Get ready for the newest Obama apologist.

Samantha Powers, Pres. Obama's nominee for UN Ambassador:

"Why do they hate us?"

"This resentment may be incurable. But much anti- Americanism derives from the role U.S. political, economic, and military power has played in denying such freedoms to others."

"U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking but overhauling. We need: a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States."

http://www.newrepublic.com/artic...

(She thought the U.S. bombing of Libya was OK!)

The New World Czar

Re: NSA, IRS, etc.- this isn't a left vs. right issue anymore. More like a "They The Federal Government" vs. "We The People" to create the ultimate Nanny State.

swiss cheese kat

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swiss cheese kat

Question for big pup. Why do Democrats Love To Spy On Americans? As you are a rabid "Obamabot", I thought you might have an answer instead of some witty comeback.

shucks

Really?
Check the track record of the Republicans on spying.
There's Watergate and Bush's Patriot Act to start with.

Fromthe419

There's also Obama's extended Patriot Act, the IRS scandal and the NDAA. They both spy on us and it d%mn wrong of both of them.

Fromthe419

Oh, and no I'm not a drinker, I prefer lemonaide :)

coasterfan

You can always spot an ultra-conservative at 50 paces. They think that everyone who doesn't share their narrow minority viewpoint is a Communist, Nazi, Fascist, Socialist and/or anti-American. NEver mind that they would be hard-pressed to tell you the difference between the above.

My point is that you are all blaming Obama for this, while ignoring the GOP Elephant in the Room: your party applauded The Patriot Act when it was enacted, which did a 180 on more than 200 years of how our country regarded the 4th Amendment. And furthermore, PRISM began under the Bush presidency. PRISM Is a policy sanctioned by both parties.

Five years ago I would have decried it as unnecessary intrusion. Then came lone nuts like the Boston bombers, and the several incidents where bomb plots have been foiled. Suddenly, it doesn't seem like such a bad idea to use technology to help foil terrorist attacks within our borders. Republicans, of course, would gripe if an attack happened that we weren't able to prevent. You can't have it both ways...

At the end of the day, if you are a law-abiding citizen, you have no reason to think that the government would be reading your email. There are 300 million of us, for gosh sakes. If you actually think the gov't cares about your latest Facebook post (I.'m having dinner at Five Guys,"), you have a grossly overinflated sense of self. Why not choose something REAL to worry about, like getting enough exercise, and eating properly - something that actually affects your life?

Contango

Re: "Everyone who doesn't share their narrow minority viewpoint is a Communist, Nazi, Fascist, Socialist and/or anti-American.

NEver mind that they would be hard-pressed to tell you the difference(s) between (among) the above."

EASY - Boiled down to its essence, it has to do with the means of production.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mea...

Socialism/Communism (Marx & Engles used the terms synonymously):

The STATE owns & controls the means of production.

Fascism: The State owns and controls some of the means of production and that which it doesn’t it heavily regulates.

Free-Market Capitalism: The ownership and means of production lies in the hands of individuals.

@ coasterfan: So you admire and share the views of Bill Maher the fascist?

I've asked you SEVERAL times: So with which of the Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto do you disagree?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The...

The Big Dog's back

Wrong again poo.

goofus

prove he was wrong

Maggdi

Um, they didn't stop those punks. And as to the one(s) they supposedly stopped using this technology, you again have no idea what you're talking about. Najibullah Zazi was stopped by regular law enforcement tactics. Just like the Pacific Airlines bomber (pre 9/11 bty), the New Year's bomber and others. Our liberties should not be bought with impossible promises of security. The harm that can be done to individuals by other individuals with that kind of power for the offense of disagreement is chilling. But I suppose as long as you're not the one having to defend yourself; No blood no foul. But don't get comfy, someone who disagrees with you may get that power and use it against you. And just to let you know I may disagree with what you're saying but I'll fight for your right to say it.

"RESCIND THE PATRIOT ACT"
It's been an abomination since it's inception.

Maggdi

****crickets****

shucks

Well said, Coaster

Contango

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shucks

"This is " Binge Week" for Contango".– 4shizzle, 6/8/13

Contango

^^^“Talking to your self I see.” – 4shizzle, 6/6/13 :)

shucks

Clowntango

Contango

Re: "Clowntango"

^^^ "You taunt like the immature person you are." - 4shizzle, 6/4/13 :)

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