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After Early Administration Denials, Director of National Intelligence Admits He Hadnít Been Briefed
ABC News ^ | December 22, 2010 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 12/22/2010 10:08:51 AM PST by FTJM

After initially suggesting that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s inability to answer a question from ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer about the arrests of 12 suspected terrorists in London was because her question was too “ambiguous,” the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday morning that retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Clapper had not been briefed about the arrests at the time of the interview.

“Director Clapper had not yet been briefed on the arrests in the United Kingdom at the time of this interview taping,” said ODNI spokeswoman Jamie Smith in a statement.

Clapper, she explained, had been “working throughout the day on important intelligence matters, including monitoring military and political developments on the Korean Peninsula, providing answers to questions concerning the ratification of the START nuclear treaty, and other classified issues. He wasn't immediately briefed on London because it didn't appear to have a homeland nexus and there was no immediate action by the DNI required. Nevertheless, he should have been briefed on the arrests, and steps have been taken to ensure that he is in the future. The intelligence community as a whole was fully aware of this development and tracking it closely.”

Asked about Clapper not having been briefed on the arrests, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said "Jim Clapper is, I think, the consummate DNI. He was working on developments in the Korean Peninsula, in terms of political/military developments. He was focused on trying to provide support to the Congress as far as the START treaty deliberations were concerned. He was engaged in a variety of classified matters."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clapper; intel; intelligence; jamesclapper; terror; theclapper

1 posted on 12/22/2010 10:08:51 AM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM
Hey Americans?

What´s up? The guy had just slipped off bed when he was interviewed?

This sucker receive huge salary for being a security sec. and does not know what is happening?

Fire the sucker!

2 posted on 12/22/2010 10:33:26 AM PST by Mayr Fortuna
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To: FTJM

The Keystone Kops were better organised than this administration.


3 posted on 12/22/2010 10:37:21 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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4 posted on 12/22/2010 10:39:57 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: FTJM
It ain't Monty Python's Flying Circus but it is a laugh-out-loud riot!

Literally, it was hilarious to hear about how they "sleep fast."

Still funny even though many of us could die because of Obama Jivethon's Lying Circus' hilarious wild comic parody of an American administration.

5 posted on 12/22/2010 10:54:31 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: FTJM
Hmm, their first response was to lie! Then, when that didn't pass the red-face test, they had to come up with something else - whether or not it's true remains to be seen.

This just proves it further - They think we're a bunch of fools and will believe anything they say.

I guess words like 'integrity' and 'character' no longer apply to politicians, huh???

6 posted on 12/22/2010 11:07:51 AM PST by jda
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To: jda
This just proves it further - They think we're a bunch of fools and will believe anything they say.

Would you say Pravda in 1977?

7 posted on 12/22/2010 11:13:14 AM PST by newfrpr04 (Don)
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To: FTJM

“...Clapper, she explained, had been “working throughout the day on important intelligence matters, including monitoring military and political developments on the Korean Peninsula, providing answers to questions concerning the ratification of the START nuclear treaty, and other classified issues”

The real story: What happened this past weekend that was on everybody’s mind, especially military personnel?

Clapper was being briefed on the most important thing to this administration- sensitivity training issues relating to the repeal of DADT...


8 posted on 12/22/2010 11:39:19 AM PST by Qbert
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To: newfrpr04

I see two major differences:

- Pravda was good at what they did. They didn’t print one story and then change it a few hours later, so their lies appeared to be credible.

- Pravda didn’t have any competition, like Fox News or the Internet bloggers, to keep them honest, so their audience only heard the story the government wanted them to hear (kind of like what the Leftists would like to do here).


9 posted on 12/22/2010 11:44:01 AM PST by jda
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To: newfrpr04

I see two major differences:

- Pravda was good at what they did. They didn’t print one story and then change it a few hours later, so their lies appeared to be credible.

- Pravda didn’t have any competition, like Fox News or the Internet bloggers, to keep them honest, so their audience only heard the story the government wanted them to hear (kind of like the Leftists would like to do here).


10 posted on 12/22/2010 11:44:49 AM PST by jda
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To: FTJM

Just what kind of staff did Moochell, Mother Robinson & maybe Val leave in charge to run the white hut while they are on vacation? A bunch of incompetents? You know Barry can’t handle it. So why did Diane Sawyer try to undermine Jim? Was it to show that she is just as much of a reporter like Katie as of the way she handled Sarah?


11 posted on 12/22/2010 12:17:55 PM PST by Anna W
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To: FTJM

Clap on, Clap off, the Clapper!
Apparently this Clapper is permanently in the off position.


12 posted on 12/22/2010 12:44:11 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: FTJM
Amazing, “journalist” (idiot lefty) Dianne Sawyer outed this putz on his ignorance and unfitness for the job. She was reading off a list of question her staff handed her and got lucky to make a scoop.
13 posted on 12/22/2010 12:53:55 PM PST by RicocheT
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To: jda
Hmm, their first response was to lie!

Exactly. If this had been a Bush official, I imagine the WH Press Corp. would be calling for a resignation!

14 posted on 12/22/2010 1:22:49 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: jda

Another difference: The head of KGB was too busy to go to TV studios, put on makeup, and give TV interviews.


15 posted on 12/22/2010 6:13:06 PM PST by GRANGER
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To: FTJM

Muslim lies and Burqas video:

http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8144154


16 posted on 12/23/2010 7:47:01 AM PST by KeyLargo
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