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Official government doubletalk

June 16, 2013

When is it permissible for a federal official to lie to Congress ......

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Jun-16-13 8:53 AM

The Justice Department spent millions prosecuting Roger Clemins for lying to Congress about steroid use in baseball and was seeking jail time.

Why doesn't Clapper and 4th Amendment violations deserve the same scrutiny?

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Jun-16-13 9:54 AM

Congress led by President Bush and Vice President Dick (the torturer)Cheney) has only itself to blame when it passed the Patriot Act. That one law shredded our cherished Bill of Rights. The question for us as a republic now is how much liberty are we willing to forfeit in order to increase our level of safety? How many bombings or other acts of terror are we willing to tolerate each year in order to restore our Bill of Rights? No matter how much oversight an agency has, with this kind of power there will always be abuses, "Power be gets power" as they say...The reality is that in the new normal that there will always be acts of terror at some level.

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Jun-16-13 9:55 AM

Maybe its because James Clapper was summarizing, and not lying, like Roger Clemins was, there little buddy!

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Jun-16-13 9:56 AM

Well said "Suttle"

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Jun-16-13 11:25 AM

I actually agree with Aaron on this one, and he even wrote without being an arrogant jerk, wow. If this guy did law then they should treat him like anyone else and prosecute him, welcome to politics.

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Jun-16-13 12:11 PM

“Clapper was asked directly by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” “Clapper's lying answer was "No, sir.”

Ask a direct question, gives a direct, specific answer but that’s summarizing. Amazing given the outrage, and rightfully so, when the rights stealing Patriot Act was passed but now that a Democrat is in office, it’s ok.


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Jun-16-13 9:37 PM

Lying under oath to Congress is illegal regardless of ones job description.

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Jun-17-13 12:24 AM

I think the troll has yet another new name, sigh.

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Jun-18-13 9:41 PM

FBI director, J.Edgar Hoover spied on American citizens for 50+ years. Our civil liberties were not compromised then;nor will those cherished liberties be compromised in this age of terrorism in which spying is necessary and the civil liberties argument must indeed take a back seat. And too,spying has occurred in this great nation since the Republic was established in 1776 to enable us to cherish our civil liberties and protect us from evil.

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Jun-19-13 8:47 AM

There is a huge difference between spying and violating the citizens Constitutional Rights.

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Jun-22-13 8:45 AM

Our civil liberties are, and have been, trashed. Wake up America and STOP it.

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