General Clapper Changes Story Again, Says He ‘Misunderstood’ Wyden’s Question

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:22 am

Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper has changed his story once again on why he gave a false answer in testimony before Congress while under oath. In a friendly interview with The Daily Beast Clapper changed his explanation from his previous statement that what he said was the “least untruthful” answer he could provide [...]

Patriot Act Author Wants Clapper Prosecuted For Lying To Congress

By: Friday December 6, 2013 10:16 am

Patriot Act author Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) wants DNI James Clapper fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress. During testimony under oath Clapper lied to Senator Ron Wyden about the NSA’s spying programs that involved scooping up information from Americans. “Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted [...]

General Clapper Appears To Have Misled Congress And Public About NSA Program

By: Monday June 10, 2013 5:56 am

In testimony before Congress the Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper claimed there was no program to collect information on American citizens. SENATOR RON WYDEN: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? GENERAL JAMES CLAPPER: No sir. SENATOR WYDEN: It does not? GENERAL [...]

Ahead Of Brennan Hearing Obama Releases Drone Memos

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 5:54 am

Just ahead of today’s CIA director confirmation hearing President Obama has ordered the release of memos that were written by his administration to justify the killing of American citizens without due process. The White House on Wednesday directed the Justice Department to release to the two Congressional Intelligence Committees classified documents discussing the legal justification [...]

FISA Amendments to Be Renewed By House Today

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 1:39 pm

Today, the House will vote on the extension of the FISA Amendments Act, a bill that was well-known to most Americans, especially on the left, in 2008, but which has gotten little if any notice these days. The bill not only granted retroactive immunity to telecom companies that cooperated in the warrantless surveillance of US [...]

Ron Wyden’s Dilemma in Disavowing Ryan/Wyden

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 10:25 am

The selection of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee on the Republican side meant that Senator Ron Wyden’s name would suddenly come up a lot in national political discussions. Wyden doesn’t appear on Sunday shows much and he comes from a Western state, so he’s typically an un-politician among the Beltway elite. But he [...]

When Gridlock Works: Cybersecurity Bill Stuffed, for Now

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 11:06 am

The Senate, unable to come up with a schedule for amendments, blocked the cybersecurity bill today in an outcome that, despite being a result of Republican obstruction, satisfied Internet activists who had been urging a no vote. You can see from the roll call that this was generally a partisan vote. The backstory is that [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”

By: Monday June 11, 2012 1:34 pm

Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated. As first reported by Zach Carter [...]

Democrats, ACLU Seek Disclosure on Patriot Act Interpretation, Drone Program

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:15 am

Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been waging a lonely battle to make public information about the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Patriot Act, which they claim violates civil liberties in as-yet undisclosed ways. They tried to force this into the public sphere on the Senate floor. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein promised hearings [...]

Holder Tries to Explain Targeted Assassination Program

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 6:21 am

Attorney General Eric Holder helpfully explained when the government can kill you without a trial, in a speech last night at Northwestern University. He didn’t take questions, because he was so crystal clear about it. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asserted on Monday that it is lawful for the government to kill American citizens [...]

FY 2013 Budget Still Looming for Congress Before Election Day

By: Monday March 5, 2012 8:55 am

Despite the deep divisions in Washington and the looming election, Congress still has at least one job to do before November 6. They have to pass a budget or at least fund government operations when the next fiscal year begins on October 1. House Republicans have not shifted their view, regardless of the popularity, that [...]

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