Clapper Avoids Prosecution for Perjury

He lied his ass off under oath.  And he’ll get away with it, just like Holder, Lerner, and Hillary.

It doesn’t do any good to swear them in before testimony. The oath has no meaning and the consequences have no teeth.

From The Washington Examiner

Former intelligence chief James Clapper is poised to avoid charges for allegedly lying to Congress after five years of apparent inaction by the Justice Department.

Clapper, director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017, admitted giving “clearly erroneous” testimony about mass surveillance in March 2013, and offered differing explanations for why.

Two criminal statutes that cover lying to Congress have five-year statutes of limitations, establishing a Monday deadline to charge Clapper, who in retirement has emerged as a leading critic of President Trump.

The under-oath untruth was exposed by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who sparked national debate on surveillance policy with leaks to the press.

Many members of Congress, mostly Republicans supportive of new limits on electronic surveillance, called for Clapper to be prosecuted as the deadline neared, saying unpunished perjury jeopardizes the ability of Congress to perform oversight.

“He admitted to lying to Congress and was unremorseful and flippant about it,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. “The integrity of our federal government is at stake because his behavior sets the standard for the entire intelligence community.”

“Political consideration should not affect the Department of Justice from pursuing this matter,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said ahead of the deadline. “Complete and truthful testimony is imperative for Congress to conduct effective oversight. It is clear from the evidence and Director Clapper’s own admission that he lied.”

Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman declined to comment on Clapper or how perjury cases typically would be handled, saying in an email, “No comment or information to be provided.” Clapper, speaking through a spokesman, declined to comment.

 

If any of the national security agencies in this country have bona fide intelligence on terrorist threats in this country, and believe me there are plenty, then by all means, I want them to use every resource they have to get so far up their ass, they’ll feel like they’re getting a colonoscopy.

There needs to be strict, common sense oversight based on verified indications and warnings. The problem is, any power created for clandestine use can be abused.

The erosion of America’s civil and personal liberties has taken on evil proportions.  Obama’s abuse of power in particular, was unprecedented.

 

 

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1 thought on “Clapper Avoids Prosecution for Perjury”

  1. Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Part of the problem is that most government upper echelon are incompetent. Same for middle management and the rank and file. Clapper stumbled repeatedly when he was first instilled. It reaches a point where they start to believe the comic book stuff about themselves, and then, the “god” complex begins. All agencies, federal, state, whatever. Always the same pattern. Look at the secretaries of the agency heads, and that is how I gauge them. Professional attitude or space cadet. Most of the time, the heads are no smarter than their secretaries, who often replace the head at some point.

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