WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 — James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, lies for a living. That should come as no surprise given his various positions inside America’s spy agencies.
In a recent interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Clapper insisted that at no time during the last presidential campaign did the Obama administration order wiretaps of Trump Tower.
He emphatically denied that Obama’s Justice Department utilized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Act (FISA) to seek warrants to wiretap the phones of Donald Trump’s associates as was done to Fox News correspondent James Rosen, his family, and the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Associated Press.
But Clapper has also denied the existence of the intelligence community’s extensive domestic surveillance program since 2013.
When Sen. Ron Wyden asked Clapper if U.S. intelligence agencies were collecting data “on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans,” Clapper answered, “No, sir.”
When it became public knowledge that a far-reaching data-collection program (PRISM) was doing exactly what Clapper had denied, a group of Republican congressmen, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, demanded that President Obama fire Clapper for his perjury.
“Director Clapper continues to hold his position despite lying to Congress under oath about the existence of bulk data collection programs,” said a letter from Congress to the White House. “Asking Director Clapper and other federal intelligence officials who misrepresented programs to Congress and the courts, to report to you on needed reforms is not a credible solution.”
When a secret file on Trump which contained salacious and unsubstantiated charges was compiled by a former British intelligence officer, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee gleefully passed it on to FBI Director James Comey.
The Manchester Guardian later confirmed, “Senator John McCain, who was informed about the existence of the documents separately by an intermediary from a western allied state, dispatched an emissary overseas to meet the source and then decided to present the material to Comey in a one-on-one meeting.”
The Guardian also noted that “the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (FISA) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials.”
Last weekend, President Trump asked Congress to do its constitutional duty and investigate the permanent, administrative state’s ongoing campaign to delegitimize the recent presidential election and his new administration. It highlights the dangerous wrong unleashed upon America by unthinking Republicans with their passage of the Patriot Act.
It turns out that America’s secretive “deep state” collects unsubstantiated, post-election opposition research for the New York Times and Republican Sen. John McCain.
A man, it is said, is distinguished by his enemies. And Trump’s enemies are an interesting bunch: Democrats, the hierarchy of the Republican Party, failed GOP presidential candidates, the media and the federal government’s bureaucrat workforce, of which the CIA and NSA are members in good standing.
The reason for all the hostility is that Trump is America’s first post-partisan president.
The controversies surrounding the Trump presidency can be traced to his inauguration day declaration:
“Today’s ceremony … has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.”
To which those in authoritarian Washington say, “Over our dead bodies.”