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The Country Has Big Trouble

08/01/2014 09:51 am ET | Updated Oct 01, 2014
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The two guys at the top of national security (the Director of National Intelligence [DNI] and the director of the CIA) have both been caught lying to the American people and to the US Senate -- they have no right to lie.

These lies are not to protect the American people. It is to protect themselves.

DNI James Clapper lied to the Senate. According to the Washington Post:

"And last year, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath to Congress when he told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and the Senate Intelligence Committee that the National Security Agency did not collect any kind of data on millions of Americans, a claim later disproved by documents leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden.

If the Director of National Intelligence wanted to seize data on Americans, he and his organization should have gotten a warrant -- hence the lie. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution could not be plainer. Read it.

And CIA Director John Brennan lied. According to Mediaite:

"At a Council on Foreign Relations event in March, Brennan said, "As far as the allegations of CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. We wouldn't do that. I mean, that's just beyond the scope of reason."

Brennan has now confessed that there was hacking. In other words, he lied. How long is the Senate Intelligence Committee (Chairwoman Feinstein) going to allow this to go on? And how about the president? He needs to fire both.

And don't tell me it is okay to lie because of their jobs.

Clapper could have gone into a closed session and told the truth. It was his choice to lie. He lied because they had not gotten a warrant and had violated the constitutional rights of Americans.

And Brennan? He lied to cover up a crime; someone has committed a crime. I don't know Brenna's excuse since it is against the law to do domestic spying and he knows it -- the CIA website even admits it cannot do domestic spying. The only way his domestic spying is legal is if either the DNI (Clapper) or the Attorney General (Holder) authorized it. If they did authorize this domestic spying, we need to know why ... otherwise, we need a grand jury to investigate breaking the law.

We need better and the American people deserve better. This is not a small matter. National Security is important and they had no right to lie to the Senate or to spy on the Senate. And if Senator Feinstein is going to continue to simply look the other way (give a mild rebuke), she needs to step aside and let someone else lead the Committee.

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