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  •  Yes, it's unfortunate that Clapper's lie (5+ / 0-)

    was revealed in public because of "unauthorized disclosures" (coughSNOWDENcough).  Otherwise his lie could have stood and/or he could have amended it privately with the Senators and just left the public misinformed.  I'm sure that it was not his INTENTION going in to perjure himself, just to deceive the taxpayers, which is a more noble thing.

    Found this just now googlin' around.  It was posted about the time that Clapper was appointed Director of National Intelligence by Obama.

    Clapper may also have problems with his boss in the White House. During the Bush Administration, General Clapper was a strong supporter of enhanced interrogation techniques, though he also fought for more transparency and accountability in intelligence matters. Clapper may well find himself in a major battle the next time a terror suspect is detained at an airport (or in a foreign land) and other administration officials push to treat the individual as a criminal defendant, and not a hostile combatant.
    Yes, Clapper might want to TORTURE people again and some pesky liberal asshole might blow the whistle on him if he does that, killing everybody's buzz.

    It's rather amusing to think that Snowden's claim to asylum is only strengthened because people like Clapper WERE promoted rather than indicted.  If Holder had indicted just one person for torture, he might have had a smidgeon of moral authority to tell the Russians that torture is "unlawful" in the United States.  But... if the Obama admin had done that, they wouldn't have been able to promote the big torturers.  People like Clapper would have gone to work for one of the sweet revolving door contractors like Chertoff Group.

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