NAT’L INTEL DIRECTOR MAY HAVE LIED TO CONGRESS ABOUT NSA DATA COLLECTION

Breitbart –

The Director of National Intelligence James Clapper may have lied to Congress when he told the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 12 that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans.

On Thursday, Breitbart News broke the story about Clapper’s previous testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee by unearthing video of his exchange with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Wyden asked Clapper if the NSA collects “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper responded, “No, sir.”

Revelations about his past remarks may have compelled Clapper to attempt to clarify his previous testimony in a phone interview to National Journal on Thursday in which he told the publication, “What I said was, the NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens’ e-mails. I stand by that.”

But even outlets like Yahoo! News noted on Thursday, after examining the word-for-word exchange, that this “looks bad” because while “that may have been what Clapper meant,” “it wasn’t what he said. And it certainly wasn’t what he was asked” then:

Wyden: “And this is for you, Director Clapper, again on the surveillance front. And I hope we can do this in just a yes or no answer, because I know Senator Feinstein wants to move on.”Last summer the NSA director was at a conference and he was asked a question about the NSA surveillance of Americans. He replied, and I quote here, ‘… the story that we have millions or hundreds of millions of dossiers on people is completely false.’

“The reason I’m asking the question is, having served on the committee now for a dozen years, I don’t really know what a dossier is in this context. 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.” Wyden: “All right. Thank you. I’ll have additional questions to give you in writing on that point, but I thank you for the answer.”

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