Friday, July 05, 2013

Director of National Intelligence - Strike Two

In a 21 June letter to  Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Diane Feinstein, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper admitted that he had lied, or as he put it, "provided clearly erroneous testimony" to Congress when he said in March that the government did not collect information on millions of Americans.

Back in February of 2011, Director Clapper provided another example of "clearly erroneous testimony" when he told Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood was a "largely secular" organization. The Brotherhood's motto is "Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations." They have never been secular.  Nobody who knows anything about them could be mistaken on that point, and if they were, events in Egypt this week have removed all doubt.

Two appearances before Congress, two examples of testimony completely out of phase with reality.  Will the Director get a third strike?

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy Independence Day

Independence.  The idea that government has no legitimate role other than to protect the rights of individuals, and that, when it exceeds that role, the people have a right to moderate or even replace it.

It was a radical concept in 1776, and 237 years later, some people still don't get it.

Here's to those who, by God's Providence did, and do.