The director of National Intelligence apologized in June to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee for lying during a hearing, according to a letter published on the DNI website on Tuesday.
Director James Clapper appeared before the committee in March, where Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked him specifically if NSA spies on millions of Americans. Clapper answered, "No."
Since then, Edward Snowden reportedly leaked government documents that unveiled a secretive government program that did precisely what Wyden suggested in collecting meta data for cell phone and internet records of hundreds of millions of Americans.
Clapper says the intricacy of Wyden's question – asking for a clarification of "hundreds of millions of dossiers on people" – combined with a need to preserve classified information prompted him to give the wrong answer.
TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 > § 1001 § 1001. Statements or entries generally (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully- (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. -snip- (c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to- (1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or (2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.
one set of laws for them and one set for us.
So what prison is he going to ? and if not , why not . I am also curious as to why a judge just ruled that cops can lie to citizens , but it is a crime for citizens to lie to cops . Was that always the way it was in America ?
These lies are a felony and breach of his oath of office, He should be removed immediately!! No questions asked!!
Put them all in jail.
if this was a truly sincere apology, then it should be accepted. mr clapper will then make sure he has covered all tracks, to make sure he will never be asked an embarrassing question, that will force him to tell another lie again .
accept his apology and then clap clapper in irons and put him in prison.
Roger Clemmons should have just apologized for lying about something that wasn't the business of Congress in the first place.
I guess we are going to have to build some more prisons...... I can just hear the convicts saying, "There goes the neighborhood".
This is one way to downsize government, make them all come before Congress and there won't be anyone left... One can hope and pray!
I still can't help but think that it is Obama's mission to bring down every government agency. While I am all for less government, it seems awfully fishy how many military brass and gov. officials are being hung out to dry. I would not care about getting rid of crooks but who will Obama put in their place, it is clear that he does not choose people that serve America's interest and more than likely are doing serious harm to this country.
So why isn't he in jail? I thought it was against the law to lie under oath.
Congress needs to start putting some of these liars & corrupt officials & politicians in prison, once it starts, they will fall & squeal, like dominoes and pigs, each trying to save their own ass!