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Tue Oct 29, 2013, 08:48 PM

 

James Clapper: Spying On Leaders Not Significant Enough To Tell Congress - HuffPo

James Clapper: Spying On Leaders Not Significant Enough To Tell Congress
Michael McAuliff - HuffPo
10/29/13

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WASHINGTON -- It is "unrealistic" for the White House to know about reported United States eavesdropping on foreign leaders, and perfectly reasonable for intelligence officials to have neglected to tell Congress, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper argued Tuesday.

Clapper was among a clutch of officials who trouped to Capitol Hill to testify to Congress about the ongoing surveillance programs revealed over the summer by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. But their appearance came after revelations that the U.S. monitored the phones of other leaders, including allies such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Clapper suggested such activities were not particularly remarkable and didn't rise to the significance meriting explicit notification to Congress or the White House. He said trying to figure out what foreign leaders are thinking is a mainstay of his job.

“As long as I've been in the intelligence business, 50 years, leadership intentions in whatever form that's expressed is kind of a basic tenet of what we are to collect,” Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee, without confirming the specific reports of spying. “It's invaluable to us to know where countries are coming from, what their policies are, how that would impact us across a whole range of issues."


When Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested...

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More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/james-clapper-spying_n_4175703.html


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 08:48 PM

1. How does this guy still have a job?

 

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Tue Oct 29, 2013, 09:01 PM

2. Really?

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Oct 29, 2013, 09:09 PM

3. no shit...

What is it that people think the alphabet soup of massive intelligences agencies have been doing for the last 50 Yeats or so. Philip Agee wrote about the CIA in what...the 70's? What a bunch of theater.

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Wed Oct 30, 2013, 06:33 AM

4. Clapper should be on trial for lying to Congress.

 

Or is that OK now?

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