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  • Obama’s intel chiefs lied to Congress about Muslim Brotherhood connections

    05/20/2014 9:30:14 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | May 20 2014 | LTC Allen West
    Ever since President Obama’s speech in 2009 in Cairo — the birthplace of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) — there have always been questions about the Obama administration’s link to the grandfather of Islamic terrorism. Now, thanks to the work of Ryan Mauro at the Clarion Project, it seems the concern is warranted, as Mauro reports that “Newly declassified documents obtained by the Clarion Project show that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) misled members of Congress in 2012 about its involvement with Muslim Brotherhood-linked entities. Further, the documents show that there were even a number of internal...
  • Intelligence Policy Bans Citation of Leaked Material

    05/09/2014 12:49:29 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 8, 2014 | By Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but technically still-secret information: citing news reports based on unauthorized disclosures. A new pre-publication review policy for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says the agency’s current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks in their speeches, opinion articles, books, term papers or other unofficial writings. Such officials “must not use sourcing that comes from known leaks, or unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information,” it says. “The use of such...
  • Is al Qaeda on the ‘Path to Defeat?’ Clapper, ‘No’; DHS Chief, ‘Yes’

    02/13/2014 12:14:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 12, 2014 - 2:47 PM | Penny Starr
    In less than one week, top officials in the Obama administration have contradicted one another about the threat al Qaeda poses to the United States today. On Friday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center is Washington, D.C., where he credited President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama for putting the terrorist group “on the path to defeat.” “Through our government’s counterterrorism efforts in both the Bush and Obama administrations, we have put al Qaeda’s core leadership on the path to defeat,” Johnson said. On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said,...
  • Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See

    02/05/2014 7:16:11 AM PST · by GilGil · 78 replies
    Benswan ^ | 01-31-14 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    He [Snowden] states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.” Read more: http://benswann.com/media-blacks-out-new-snowden-interview-the-government-doesnt-want-you-to-see/#ixzz2sSdnMVhn Follow us: @BenSwann_ on Twitter
  • Obama bans construction of GLONASS stations in US without Pentagon’s approval

    12/31/2013 1:39:58 AM PST · by vertolet888 · 6 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 30 December 2013
    US President Barack Obama has signed a bill hindering the construction of GLONASS stations on the US territory. The document rules that the matter requires the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence to report the case to Congress first. Under the Republican-proposed bill, the Pentagon and CIA chiefs are to provide assurances that GLONASS stations will not be used for spying against the US or for improving the efficiency of Russian weapons, the New York Times says. The signing was preceded by protracted debates between various US agencies and departments. The bill reflects their authors’ suspicions towards...
  • DNI Clapper Admits Obama Admin Put U.S. at Risk by Furloughing Intelligence Workers

    10/17/2013 7:18:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10/17/2013 | AWR HAWKINS
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted that furloughing "nearly three-quarters of the workers at the government's intelligence agencies" due to the shutdown "put the United States at greater risk of terror attacks."According to McClathcyDC, "lawmakers, former intelligence officials and national security experts say they were shocked that the administration furloughed the bulk of federal workers at 16 intelligence agencies, many of them tasked with the most important job in government: safeguarding lives."Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said a justification for the furloughs was "difficult for [him] to understand." He added: "People that are involved in our intelligence are critical....
  • Newspeak for a new millenium

    10/03/2013 6:38:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/3/2013 | Adam Bates
    Wednesday’s oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee vindicated civil libertarians skeptical of the surveillance state, but it also deserves to be remembered for the Obama Administration’s introduction of a concept so absurd and Orwellian that we can only conclude that the national security apparatus has jumped the shark.First, the vindication. Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, finally admitted what astute observers of the American counter-terrorism apparatus have been arguing for months: the claim made by the Obama Administration that the NSA’s domestic spying program foiled dozens of terrorist plots was egregiously untrue. Under pressure from Sen....
  • Time Magazine Fears Shutdown Could Turn Spies Into Traitors

    10/02/2013 11:07:43 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 57 replies
    The shutdown fearmongering continues apace, and Time magazine is dutifully passing along the administration's talking points. Here's the latest: the government work stoppage could drive cash-starved spies into the arms of other countries. It would make otherwise patriotic Americans become traitors. An ongoing government shutdown heightens the risk that American intelligence officers could be flipped as double agents, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday.
  • Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

    09/22/2013 7:37:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2013 10:26 AM EDT | Stephen Braun
    Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be sure they weren’t violating civil liberties and to restore Americans’ trust. But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back to the White House, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts.The panel’s advisers work in offices on loan from the...
  • Clapper warns against measure to rein in NSA

    07/24/2013 3:35:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 2:05 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The director of the National Intelligence says an effort in the House to rein in the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance program would dismantle a critical tool in the fight against terrorism. James Clapper issued the statement just hours ahead of a House vote on an amendment by Republican Rep. Justin Amash that would end the statutory authority under the USA PATRIOT Act for the NSA to collect hundreds of millions of phone records. …
  • DNI Clapper Won’t Resign Over Misleading Congress on NSA Surveillance

    07/09/2013 8:18:21 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 9, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has no plans to resign following disclosures to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he misled Congress on widespread National Security Agency electronic surveillance of Americans. “DNI Clapper explained his response in the letter to Chairman [Dianne] Feinstein [(D., Calif.)] and apologized for the misunderstanding,” said Michael Birmingham, spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Clapper “values the decades-long stellar relationship he has with Congress and remains focused on leading the intelligence community,” Birmingham told the Free Beacon in a statement Monday.
  • Five unanswered questions about the NSA’s surveillance programs

    07/07/2013 1:45:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2013 | Brendan Sasso
    Leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have provided new insight into how the government monitors domestic and foreign communications for threats to national security. Although the government has disclosed some additional details about the programs in response to the leaks, important questions remain about the nature and scope of the surveillance programs. Without that additional information, it is impossible to know the extent to which the government is peering into the lives of Americans in the name of national security, according to privacy advocates. 1. What other data is being collected under the Patriot Act? The first...
  • National Intelligence Director Apologizes for Lying to Congress

    07/03/2013 1:50:30 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 58 replies
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | July 2, 2013 | PAUL D. SHINKMAN
    The director of National Intelligence apologized in June to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee for lying during a hearing, according to a letter published on the DNI website on Tuesday. Director James Clapper appeared before the committee in March, where Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked him specifically if NSA spies on millions of Americans. Clapper answered, "No."
  • Intelligence director Clapper apologizes for lying to Congress

    07/02/2013 2:02:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 2, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has apologized for a “clearly erroneous” statement he made to Congress over the National Security Agency’s surveillance activity. In a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released publicly on Tuesday, Clapper said he was mistaken when he told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that the United States did not collect data on millions of Americans. “My response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize,” Clapper wrote in the letter dated June 21. “While my staff acknowledged the error to Senator Wyden’s staff soon after the hearing, I can now openly correct...
  • Record shows U.S. officials misled public on NSA programs

    07/02/2013 12:00:27 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 11 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/02/2013 | Greg Miller
    WASHINGTON – Amid the cascading disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the top lawyer in the U.S. intelligence community opened his remarks at a rare public appearance last week with a lament about how much of the information being spilled was wrong. “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on,” said Robert Litt, citing a line often attributed to Mark Twain. “Unfortunately, there’s been a lot of misinformation that’s come out about these programs.” The remark by Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was aimed at...
  • Senators receive closed-door briefing on NSA surveillance (47 get briefed!)

    06/14/2013 4:47:38 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 13 | Ed O'Keefe
    Forty-seven U.S. senators attended a closed-door briefing with top national security officials Thursday to learn more about how telephone and Internet-tracking programs used by the National Security Agency have thwarted multiple terrorist attacks — details that lawmakers said the general public will begin learning more about by Monday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it is taking longer to release the information as top NSA officials work to ensure that any information released publicly is as accurate as possible.
  • WH defends DNI director Clapper after congressional testimony draws fire

    06/11/2013 4:05:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 11, 2013 | By Stephanie Condon
    The White House on Tuesday came to the defense of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, after a senator blasted the intelligence official for failing to give "straight answers" on the government surveillance of Americans. President Obama "certainly believes that Director Clapper has been straight and direct in the answers he's given" Congress, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday, adding that Clapper has been "aggressive in providing as much information as possible to the American people, to the press." Clapper has come under fire for the testimony he gave before the Senate Intelligence Committee in March, when Sen. Ron...
  • Wyden: I gave Clapper that question a day in advance of his untruthful answer

    06/11/2013 3:40:37 PM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 11, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This puts quite a different spin on last week’s question about possible perjury by the Director of National Intelligence after the exposure of the NSA’s PRISM and BLARNEY programs, doesn’t it? While we didn’t necessarily assume that Senator Ron Wyden’s question came out of the blue to James Clapper in March – Wyden has long professed public concern about the NSA and its activities — we didn’t know that Wyden had in fact warned Clapper a full day in advance that it would be asked. Not only that, but Wyden also offered Clapper an opportunity to amend the answer for...
  • James Clapper Says He Answered Senator Wyden in the ‘Least Untruthful Manner’ He Could Think Of

    06/10/2013 1:17:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/10/2013 | Dan Amira
    James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, is still working on his explanation for why he told Senator Ron Wyden in March that the NSA does not wittingly "collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans." As we now know, the NSA does precisely that — metadata (but not content) from pretty much every phone call made in America is collected and stored. On Thursday, Clapper claimed, "What I said was, the NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens' e-mails. I stand by that." Of course, that's not what he said, and...
  • Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

    06/08/2013 12:56:02 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Saturday 8 June 2013 15.10 EDT | Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill
    The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications. The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.
  • Progressives, Democrats must stand with New York Times against Obama on NSA phone records collection

    06/07/2013 10:11:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 7, 2013 | Julie Roginsky
    We have arrived at a defining moment for the progressive movement in this nation. The New York Times editorial board, which has generally given this president a lot of leeway throughout his career, wrote a scathing denunciation Friday of the Obama administration’s use of data mining, claiming that “the administration has now lost all credibility" on the issue of balancing civil rights with national security. Every progressive with even a shred of moral consistency should side with the New York Times against the White House. The events of the past month – from the Associated Press subpoena to the James...
  • Clapper denied NSA surveillance before Senate panel

    06/06/2013 10:04:20 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 16 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 6/6/2013 | Carlo Muńoz
    Weeks before the National Security Agency (NSA) began a massive phone sweeping operation on U.S. cellular provider Verizon, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress the agency does not conduct intelligence on American citizens. "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" committee member Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper during the March 12 hearing. In response, Clapper replied quickly: "No, sir." "There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect [intelligence on Americans], but not wittingly," the U.S. intelligence chief told Wyden and the rest of the committee....
  • Clapper admits secret NSA surveillance program to access user data

    06/07/2013 8:21:46 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 56 replies
    The US has admitted using a secret system to mine the systems of the biggest technology companies to spy on millions of people's online activity, overshadowing attempts by Barack Obama to force China to abandon its cyber-espionage program. As concern mounted over the sweeping nature of US surveillance, the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, confirmed revelations by the Guardian that the National Security Agency uses companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple to obtain information that includes the content of emails and online files.
  • Is This a Video of the Director of National Intelligence Lying to Congress?

    06/06/2013 2:37:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 06/06/13 | Dan Amira
    As we now know, the NSA has been collecting data on millions of domestic and international phone calls for some time now — since 2006, according to Dianne Feinstein. Maybe this bothers you; maybe it doesn't. Feinstein insists the program is an essential part of "protecting America"; Congressman Mike Rogers says it has already been "used to stop a terrorist attack in the United States." But one person who doesn't like the idea of the NSA spying on Americans is Oregon senator Ron Wyden. And at a hearing in March, he asked James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, a...
  • WSJ: Intelligence Stampede

    10/07/2004 5:40:02 AM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 575+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 7, 2004 | Editorial
    ...A new National Intelligence Director with a staff of several hundred will ride herd over the CIA, the DIA, the NSA, the FBI and the Pentagon.... ...[I]f this "reform" passes, a President might no longer get the competing views from the Pentagon because its intelligence arms will have been wrested away from the Defense Secretary to report to the same new national director. Such a move... runs the risk of separating intelligence from the war fighters who need it. One genuine success of recent years has been the integration of real-time intelligence with commanders on the battlefield.... The intelligence changes......
  • Jon Stewart grills Susan Rice on Benghazi attack

    02/15/2013 5:36:05 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 15, 2013 | Meredith Blake
    On “The Daily Show” on Thursday, host Jon Stewart grilled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice about the Obama administration’s response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year. Stewart pressed her to explain why there was so much back-and-forth between government agencies and why no one seemed to have the straight story. Stewart asked why there seemed to be more effort put into ironing out talking points rather than preventing the attack in the first place. As he put it, “Why is there a bureaucratic system in place that is so tenacious with the explanation, yet...
  • CIA, intelligence director locked in turf war

    05/27/2009 7:13:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies · 1,070+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON - A turf war between the two senior intelligence chiefs over the role of CIA station chiefs in U.S. embassies has forced National Security Adviser James L. Jones to step in to mediate, according to current and former U.S. government officials. The jockeying between CIA director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair centers on Blair's effort to choose his own representatives abroad instead of relying only on CIA station chiefs, the current and former officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the dispute.
  • White House aims to calm intelligence agencies': report

    12/29/2009 3:58:56 PM PST · by truthandlife · 20 replies · 1,200+ views
    AFP ^ | 12-29-09
    The White House has published an internal memo to calm tension between CIA director Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who is seeking increased control over covert operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The classified order asserts the Central Intelligence Agency's direct authority over secret missions abroad, but also reminds the agency to work closely with Blair, who heads the US intelligence establishment, a US intelligence official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. According to the LA Times, Blair was seeking more control over missions that include drone strikes and paramilitary operations in Pakistan. Blair...
  • "Duh!": The nation’s top intelligence official speaks.

    01/23/2010 2:51:19 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 609+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 1, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    In congressional testimony on January 20, the nation’s top intelligence official, Dennis Blair, acknowledged that the U.S. government mishandled the interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day. Specifically, Blair was not happy that Abdulmutallab was charged as a common criminal and read his rights, rather than being questioned by the elite interrogation unit announced by President Obama as a replacement for the CIA teams used by the Bush administration. “I’d been a part of the deliberations which established this high-value interrogation unit [HIG],” Blair explained at a...
  • Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says (Full, unedited memo released)

    04/21/2009 6:33:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 100 replies · 7,368+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/21/09 | Peter Baker
    President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists. “High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday. -snip- Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo...
  • The Job Nobody Wants (DNI Blair Bails on Obama; Panetta, Hagel Reject Obama)

    05/26/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Siohban Gorman
    On paper, it was a promotion. But Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta turned down a White House offer to become the next director of national intelligence anyway. President Barack Obama last week fired his intelligence chief, Dennis Blair, without an immediate successor teed up. People familiar with the matter said the White House had expected Mr. Blair would stick around until a replacement was found. Mr Blair declined. The struggle to find a successor has highlighted the challenges of filling an ill-defined job fraught with political tripwires. Mr. Panetta is one of a number of people who have turned...
  • Rejecting Chuck Hagel (no longer under consideration?)

    12/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget.
  • CBS: “Office of the DNI” cut al-Qaeda and terrorism references from Benghazi talking points

    11/20/2012 9:05:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Meet James Clapper --- the latest fall guy for the White House on Benghazi. After last week's hearings in Congress showed that the talking points from the CIA had been changed to eliminate the mention of terrorism, Washington erupted into a whodunit. CBS reports today that the culprit has been found ... sort of:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO   CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack --- with the...
  • (CBS) Sources: DNI cut "al Qaeda" reference from Benghazi talking points, CIA, FBI signed off

    11/20/2012 7:03:52 AM PST · by maggief · 53 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 20, 2012
    (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Amassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes. (snip) However, an intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan the links to al Qaeda were deemed too "tenuous" to make public, because there was not strong confidence in the person providing the intelligence. CIA Director David Petraeus,...
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career … and he hasn’t started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that “courage was lacking” that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • Obama Intelligence Director on Benghazi Criticism: ‘Enough Already’

    10/10/2012 8:36:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/12 | Ben Shapiro
    James Clapper, director of National Intelligence (DNI), has come out swinging against his critics, just two weeks after his public affairs director said that US intelligence had initially labeled the attacks on our Benghazi consulate “spontaneous.” Back on September 28, the DNI public affairs director explained, “We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. As we learned more ... we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried...
  • Warrantless WireTaps: US Intel Director Admits Collection Violates 4th Amendment

    07/25/2012 10:19:51 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 1 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-25-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) via a letter to Senator Ron Wyden (R-OR) has confirmed Wyden's statement that The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has, at least on one occasion, collected information through warrantless wiretaps that violate the Fourth Amendment. While agreeing with Wyden, the DNI issued this statement: The government has remedied these concerns and the FISC has continued to approve the collection as consistent with the statute and reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. Source. FISC is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a court which renders decisions with no transparency to the public and generally not to our...
  • Top intel official revises remark on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

    02/16/2011 12:31:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    The top U.S. intelligence official on Wednesday revised remarks he recently made on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, saying the group is “obviously not secular.” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had told House lawmakers last week that the Islamist group, officially banned in Egypt, was “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam." On Wednesday, testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper said his comments had been misconstrued and that he was referring to the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement in Egypt’s “largely secular” political process. “In my attempt...
  • Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence “Clarifies” Remarks On Muslim Brotherhood (LOL)

    02/10/2011 2:01:40 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 28 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | 02/10/2011 | Jake Tapper
    The director of the Office of National Intelligence James Clapper today told a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood – which seeks Egypt to become an Islamic state ruled by sharia law – is “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.” The Muslim Brotherhood is quite obviously not a secular organization. Jamie Smith, director of the office of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence later said in a statement to ABC News: “To clarify Director Clapper’s...
  • Director of National Intelligence Clapper Comes A-Cropper of His Own Ignorance

    02/10/2011 2:01:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 10, 2011 | Brian Fairchild
    James Clapper told a congressional committee that the Muslim Brotherhood is 'largely secular" and has "eschewed violence." (Also read Michael Ledeen's "Claptrap from Clapper" and Ron Radosh's "James Clapper's Stunning Assessment: We Must Demand He Be Fired" at the Tatler.) Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee today, stated that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a largely secular, non-violent umbrella group.I have quickly put together the quotes below from the Brotherhood’s former and current leaders. They clearly show that the Muslim Brotherhood is extremely religious and violent, and that former Supreme Guide Muhammad...
  • DNI Clapper: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood 'largely secular'

    02/10/2011 10:48:30 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 89 replies
    Politco ^ | 02/10/2011 | Josh Gerstien
    During a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called Egypt's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement "largely secular." In response to questioning from Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) about the threat posed by the group, Clapper suggested that the Egyptian part of the Brotherhood is not particularly extreme and that the broader international movement is hard to generalize about. "The term 'Muslim Brotherhood'...is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,"...
  • U.S. DNI, DIA on the defensive over major China J-20 intelligence failure

    01/23/2011 10:25:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    East Asia Intel ^ | 1/19/2001 | East Asia Intel
    The U.S. Congress is considering an investigation into the U.S. intelligence agencies estimates of China's development of a new stealth jet, the J-20, that was flight tested for the first time last week. The director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Vice Adm. David Dorsett told reporters that speed of the development had been underestimated. Dorsett said the emergence of the J-20 was not a surprise but that U.S. intelligence underestimated "the speed at which they are making progress." Several days later Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated China's progress in developing a new stealth...
  • U.S. Embassy in London Was Terror Target (Yet top U.S. Intelligence Official Clapper Not Briefed)

    12/28/2010 10:37:01 AM PST · by Qbert · 12 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/27/2010 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    State Department Confirms American Embassy in London Was Target of British Terror Plotters The U.S. State Department confirms that the 12 terrorism suspects arrested in the United Kingdom last week had targeted the American Embassy in London. British authorities arrested 12 men Dec. 20 for suspicion of terrorism. Few details of a possible plot emerged until a court hearing in London today for the nine men still in custody. A British police statement released earlier in the day did not provide a list of targets but said the men had conspired to cause "explosions of a nature likely to endanger...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • PREVENTING TERRORISM: ASSESSING THE NATION'S PROGRESS

    06/13/2010 11:07:04 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 265+ views
    PREVENTWMD.GOV ^ | The Commission has concluded its work as a congressionally mandated organization, as of February 26
    PREVENTWMD.GOV "COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROLIFERATION AND TERRORISM" # NOTE The following text is a quote: www.preventwmd.gov/ Preventing Terrorism: Assessing the Nation’s Progress The Commission has concluded its work as a congressionally mandated organization, as of February 26, 2010. Senator Graham, Senator Talent and Colonel Larsen are committed to continuing this bipartisan work on these important issues. To that end, they have formed The Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center. The Commission website will remain as an archive of past activities, but will no longer be updated. “Unless the world community acts decisively and with great...
  • Gates offers strong support to Clapper

    06/06/2010 11:21:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 421+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Sunday strongly backed the nomination of James Clapper as the new Director of National Intelligence. Seeking to ease congressional concern over the nomination, Gates called Clapper "the consummate intelligence professional who has the respect of virtually everybody in the community." "The President could not have found a better person, a more experienced person, or with a better temperament to do this job and actually make it work, than Jim Clapper," Gates told reporters en route from Singapore to Baku, Azerbaijan. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who heads the Senate Intelligence panel, expressed concern about naming...
  • Lawmakers uneasy with DNI pick

    06/06/2010 12:11:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 384+ views
    politico ^ | 6/5/10 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    President Barack Obama announced Saturday that he is nominating a retired Air Force general who currently serves as the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, James Clapper, to become Director of National Intelligence, a job that entails great responsibility but has been beset by uncertain authority since its creation in 2005. “Timely, accurate intelligence is uniquely important,” Obama said during a brief morning appearance with Clapper in the sunny Rose Garden. “I’ll be looking to Jim to ensure that we have the most capable and efficient intelligence community possible. Intelligence must be collected and analyzed quickly. It must be shared and integrated...
  • Report: Clapper to be nominated national intelligence director

    06/04/2010 2:38:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 559+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    President Barack Obama has tapped James Clapper to be the fourth director of national intelligence, according to a report in The Washington Post.

 Clapper, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, succeeds former U.S. Navy Adm. Dennis Blair, who resigned under pressure in mid-May. 

The White House has faced intense pressure from Congress to name a replacement in the weeks since Blair’s departure. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) last week urged Obama to nominate a successor quickly and boost the powers of the positions to reduce the risk of repeated intelligence failures.

 The ousting of Blair, the third director...
  • Fired While On Mission Impossible (Oliver North)

    05/25/2010 12:49:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 942+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2010 | Oliver North
    Dennis Blair is a bright, talented patriot. He will find other work. But Admiral Blair's departure -- fair or not --as director of National Intelligence, isn't going to fix the problem. There is a long tradition in the Navy that when a ship runs aground, the captain of the vessel is relived of command. It doesn't matter if it was someone else's fault, if the ship was driven ashore by foul weather or even if it was because the design was faulty -- the captain is fired. That's what happened to Admiral Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)...
  • Clapper Wrong Man for Nation's Top Intel Post

    05/22/2010 8:51:05 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 6 replies · 275+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-22-10 | Bob McCarty
    Research tells me the nation is not going to be safer with James R. Clapper Jr. as DNI, because his track record is one of a bureaucrat, not a problem solver.