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?


Yos said...

What bothers me is his clear lack of wisdom. All DNI had to say was to offer thanks for the questions and to state that his full answer had to be offered in camera, for NS reasons. He was under no pressure to (unintentionally, of course!) offer false responses.

He has thoroughly destroyed his credibility: One can't know if he's being honest, stupid or downright "tricksy" (as Gollum would say...)

Steven Givler said...

And neither one of those is acceptable.