I like Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. He is one of the few Congressmen who has exhibited strong support in the defense of privacy issues, from his questions around drones, to his concerns with regard to the surveillance state being implemented all around us. Recall, he was the only Democrat who strongly spoke in support of Rand Paul during his historic filibuster on the U.S. government’s drone program.
In light of recent information we have received from Edward Snowden regarding NSA spying on the entire populace, it is now entirely clear that former Booz Allen executive and Obama’s current Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, told a complete and total lie in front of Congress. As such, Senator Wyden is calling for hearings. Here is his statement:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding statements made by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about collection on Americans. Wyden is a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“One of the most important responsibilities a Senator has is oversight of the intelligence community. This job cannot be done responsibly if Senators aren’t getting straight answers to direct questions. When NSA Director Alexander failed to clarify previous public statements about domestic surveillance, it was necessary to put the question to the Director of National Intelligence. So that he would be prepared to answer, I sent the question to Director Clapper’s office a day in advance. After the hearing was over my staff and I gave his office a chance to amend his answer. Now public hearings are needed to address the recent disclosures and the American people have the right to expect straight answers from the intelligence leadership to the questions asked by their representatives.”
Now here is the best part of this post. Watch the video of James Clapper’s very clear and public lie. No wonder he called Snowden’s information “gut wrenching.” Talk about traitors…