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James Clapper Says He FORGOT About the Patriot Act

James Clapper Says He Forgot About the Patriot Act
Posted on Jul 3, 2013

“I apologize,” James Clapper wrote in a letter to a Senate panel.

James Clapper, the mendacious national intelligence director who last month told NBC News that he gave the “least untruthful answer” in a March Senate hearing about the extent of government spying on U.S. citizens revised that assessment to “erroneous” Tuesday.

The most senior intelligence officer in the country wants Americans to believe he suffered a memory lapse when he gave the answer to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden had asked Clapper, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper responded, “No, sir … not wittingly.”

Clapper wrote in letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee published Tuesday that he “simply didn’t think” of the NSA programs of dragnet phone surveillance when he testified in March that the agency did “not wittingly” spy on Americans’ communications. He said “his staff acknowledged the error to Senator Wyden’s staff soon after the hearing,” and that he “can now openly correct it because the existence” of a portion of the government’s surveillance program “has been declassified.”

Portions of the letter were reported by The Washington Post on Monday.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Guardian:

In the full letter, Clapper attempted to explain the false testimony by saying that his recollection failed him. “I simply didn’t think of Section 215 of the Patriot Act,” he wrote to committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (Democrat, California) on 21 June, referring to the legal provision cited to justify the mass collection of Americans’ phone data, first disclosed by the Guardian.


Let them secede and then invade them for their oil.

I am just trying to imagine Bolivia stopping a plane with our American President on it...

A senior Bolivian diplomat said the Austrians had acted at the bidding of the United States, which has been trying to get its hands on Snowden since he revealed details of its secret surveillance programs last month.

"We're talking about the president on an official trip after an official summit being kidnapped," Bolivia's ambassador to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti Soliz, told reporters in Geneva.

The Bolivian plane, which was taking Morales home from an energy conference in Moscow, was stranded at Vienna airport for several hours after Portugal and France refused to allow it to fly through their airspace.

The search found that Snowden was not onboard and the plane eventually left Vienna about noon on Wednesday.




Ecuador says it found a hidden microphone at its London embassy


Bolivian Minister: President Morales' Plane Rerouted to Austria on Suspicion Snowden on Board.

Source: ABC

Bolivian Minister: President Morales' Plane Rerouted to Austria on Suspicion Snowden on Board.

LA PAZ, Bolivia July 3, 2013 (AP)


Bolivian minister: President Morales' plane rerouted to Austria on suspicion Snowden on board.

MOSCOW — NSA leaker Edward Snowden's prospects for political asylum abroad narrowed rapidly Tuesday after he withdrew his request to Russia and almost half of the 21 countries on his request list have turned him down.

Meantime, France and Portugal refused to let a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales into their airspace because of suspicions that Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, was on board. The plane was rerouted to Austria, said Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca. The official denied Snowden was on board.

"We don't know who invented this lie, but we want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales," Choquehuanca said.


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/bolivian-minister-president-morales-plane-rerouted-austria-suspicion-19559789#.UdNw5jtzGpA

CNN-the chyron really just says it all, doesn’t it?

apparently, thanks to the recent developments in the Zimmerman trial, CNN actually had a discussion that produced this screencap:

geeeze, kp

Greenwald on FOX:"we're going to continue to do that no matter what David Gregory & his friends say"

Bolling asked Greenwald if he cared to use the morning program as a venue to break another scoop on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

"Unfortunately, Eric, you're gonna have to wait along with everybody else until our stories are published," Greenwald said. "But I will say that there are vast programs of both domestic and international spying that the world will be shocked to learn about that the NSA has engaged in without any democratic accountability and that's what's driving our reporting."

When the topic turned to NBC's David Gregory — who aggressively asked The Guardian writer if he should be charged for reporting on the top secret programs — Greenwald said he hasn't received an apology from the "Meet The Press" host but he's hardly been discouraged.

"This is what journalism is about — shining a light on what the most powerful people in the country are doing to them in the dark — so we're going to continue to do that no matter what David Gregory and his friends say," Greenwald said.

more (plus a Greenwald tweet):

DHS announces implementation of DOMA decision - "Effective Immediately"

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced the following:

After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.

much more details:

Mayor Bloomberg: "I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little"

That’s Racist Mayor Bloomberg!
Posted by Elon James White at 10:20 am

During his weekly WOR-AM radio appearance, New York King Mayor Michael Bloomberg reiterated his support for stop-and-frisk when he said this:

There is this business, there’s one newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group,’… That may be, but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder. In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.


How The NSA Gets Inside K-12 Classrooms

Source: Talking Points Memo

Along with running a massive surveillance apparatus, the secretive National Security Agency operates a program dedicated to getting its agents inside America’s elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. These K-12 NSA operatives guide children through math exercises, “cyber ethics,” and even mock spy games.

The NSA’s classroom initiatives are part of the Mathematics Education Partnership Program, which is described by the agency as an “outreach program to promote mathematics and science education at non-profit educational institutions.” MEPP began in the early 1990s due to concern among some at the NSA about the future of math and science education. It was apparently controversial within the agency since engaging with schoolchildren was antithetical to the intense secrecy that generally surrounds the NSA’s activities.

Along with a “Cryptokids” website featuring cartoonish recruitment materials, the NSA promotes several classroom initiatives as part of MEPP including “summer institutes” for teachers who work with children in second through fifth grades and a program that involves NSA volunteers mentoring students and repairing school equipment. The agency also offers a series of “interactive talks” NSA staffers can deliver to students from kindergarten through high school. Most of the NSA’s MEPP programming is only available to schools in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area, which is near the NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. A spokesperson for the NSA declined to comment on this story.

The NSA published a catalog of the “talks” offered through its “speakers bureau.” For elementary school students, the NSA has counting games, a “cryptanlaysis 101” workshop that teaches basic code-breaking, a career day presentation, and geometry exercises. Since the NSA also provides volunteer judges to school science fairs through MEPP, there is also a talk offering a “judge’s perspective” to prospective fair participants. Along with the other offerings, the NSA has a program for grades five and up called “Mission Possible” that is a spy game complete with a mysterious briefcase

Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/07/nsa-inside-classrooms.php?ref=fpa
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