President Obama is lying to the American people. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, lied to Congress, and therefore should resign, or be fired.
During a March 2013 hearing, Senator Ron Wyden, (D-Oregon), asked DNI Clapper: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” His answer was a definite ‘no.’
Three months later, on June 5, Edward Snowden revealed the truth that millions of phone conversations by ordinary citizens are spied upon daily. On June 21, DNI Clapper wrote Diane Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to apologize for his “clearly erroneous” statement on Capitol Hill.
Representative Justin Amash, (R-Michigan), immediately called for his resignation. Senator Rand Paul, (R-Kentucky), said the Clapper broke the law. Wyden said: “This job cannot be done responsibly if senators aren’t getting straight answers to direct questions.”
Recently the president said that an independent panel must be created to review the nation’s national security policies.
President Obama chose DNI James Clapper to head the panel. This panel is designed to decide if the United States “employs its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while appropriately accounting for other policy considerations, such as the risk of unauthorized disclosure and our need to maintain the public trust.”
The president claims that the revelations of Edward Snowden played no role in the review of the nation’s policies. However, the announcement came just three days after Snowden’s expose of surveillance on ordinary citizens.
The choice of Clapper to head the review panel is a ruse. His lies to a congressional committee remove any and all credibility that he would form an independent opinion.
There are numerous reasons why James Clapper should resign or be fired. Lying to congress is only one of them.