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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lyin' James Clapper submits his resignation

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence said that he has formally submitted his resignation.

It's a common practise for those in the outgoing administration to formally put in their letter of resignation knowing that the President-elect will likely select a person who sees "eye-to-eye" with him (it could have been 'her' but Hillary lost and it gives me a fine feathered feeling of schadenfreude).

Clapper has said long ago that he would call it quits at the end of the Obama error and told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday that he submitted the letter of resignation.

Committee members joshed him in earnes and asked him to stay on for mayber four more years, but the comical Clapper said his wife would probably have a problem with that.

Before serving as director, Clapper was a lieutenant general in the Air Force and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

You may remember Clapper as the liar at the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked him: "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"

Clapper: "No sir."

Sen. Wyden, sounding totally incredulous asked: "It does not?"

Clapper: "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertantly perhaps collect, but not wittingly."

Clapper was given this question a whole day in advance of the hearing and this was how he responded. When the hearing completed, Clapper was even given the chance to change his answer but he opted not to do so.

Of course, this was a lie as whistleblower comrade Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the NSA had a secret program to collect tens of millions of American's phone records, web browsing histories, chat logs and email usage. They even collected physical locations.

When forced to acknowledge his remarks as "erroneous" (aka lying through his tooth), Clapper claimed he "misunderstood" the question, in spite of having it given to him a day in advance. He claimed he had simply "forgotten" the relevant section of the Patriot Act convering these programs.

I'm not a big fan.