HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, JAMES CLAPPER

220px-James_R._Clapper_official_portraitToday is an important anniversary for former intelligence chief James Clapper. No it is not his marriage anniversary or conventional milestone.  Clapper can celebrate the running out of the statute of limitations on his alleged perjury before Congress — five years and Clapper is now beyond the reach of the law.

 

I recently wrote a column on the approaching anniversary and how it reaffirms the widely held view that powerful people in Washington are immune from laws used against the rest of society.

Clapper appeared before the Senate to discuss surveillance programs in the midst of a controversy over warrantless surveillance of the American public. He was asked directly, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans?” There was no ambiguity or confusion and Clapper responded, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” That was a lie and Clapper knew it when he said it.

Later, Clapper said that his testimony was “the least untruthful” statement he could make. That would still make it a lie of course but Clapper is a made guy. While feigned shock and disgust, most Democratic leaders notably did not call for his prosecution. Soon Clapper was back testifying and former president Obama even put Clapper on a federal panel to review the very programs that he lied about in Congress. Clapper is now regularly appearing on cable shows which, for example, used Clapper’s word as proof that Trump was lying in saying that there was surveillance of Trump Tower carried out by President Barack Obama. CNN and other networks used Clapper’s assurance without ever mentioning that he previously lied about surveillance programs.

News organizations now regularly feature Clapper who has denounced Donald Trump and members of his government, as discussed in an earlier column.

It is the latest chapter in America’s Animal Farm as average citizens are criminally charged with small discrepancies in statements to investigators while people like Clapper and David Petraeus and Sandy Berger are protected from serious repercussions for alleged criminal acts.

Orwell wrote the fanciful account of a farm society of animals at the end of World War II during a period of authoritarian power and government propaganda. The farm government proclaimed equality of all animals but, as the pig Squealer explained, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Of course, none of our politicians is nearly as open and honest as Squealer. There will be no sign proclaiming the different treatment of the governing and governed classes. They prefer the barnyard to return to its previously sleepy existence once the offender has been put away.  That is why Clapper’s anniversary is a point of celebration in the Beltway as a reaffirmation that, in Washington, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

91 thoughts on “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, JAMES CLAPPER”

  1. Hillary the sociopath can’t even walk down steps. America dodged a bullet by electing Trump instead of sick Hillary.

  2. Clapper’s immunity from prosecution was never in doubt. Clapper has been a loyal member of the Deep State for many years now and has carried out orders to a “T” when he has been called upon to do so. Clapper has always demonstrated his loyalty to the Deep State by lying to protect the Deep State, a characteristic help in high esteem by all Deep State operatives. Always remember the ironclad principle: the Deep State ALWAYS takes care of their own. Only the unconnected small-fry are punished mercilessly, like Kristian Saucier, for example. The Hilary Clintons and the Clappers inhabiting our political arena can commit far more heinous crimes and confidently know that they will be fully protected–as long as they’ve been loyal to the Deep State and have carried out their instructions.

  3. “Ways may some day be developed by which the Government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court, and by which it will be enabled to expose to a jury the most intimate occurrences of the home.” Justice Brandeis, OLMSTEAD v. UNITED STATES 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

  4. “*** Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperilled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. ***” Justice Brandeis, OLMSTEAD v. UNITED STATES 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

  5. How many tens of thousands of times have republican and democratic intelligence officials, congresspeople, cabinet officials, and presidents lied to the media, to congressional hearings, to the public??

    If you want to make this an issue, you will have to open up testimony from members of every political party we’ve ever had going back hundreds of years. Every one of them are the animals that are more equal than others because they are the protected class in DC. Clapper is one of thousands.

    I’d say that Trump’s current lies about the Russia involvement, Bush administration’s lies about Iraq, and D and R administrations’ lies about Vietnam dwarf this by about 10000-fold.

    Get a grip, Mr. T.

    1. The Gnat writes: “I’d say that Trump’s current lies about the Russia involvement,”

      The Gnat has said this many times but has never offered proof. Gnat, go find a target where you have a bit of proof before someone swats you with a fly swatter.

      1. Yeah, and I bet you think the Devin Nunes House Intel committee findings are actually accurate and not an attempt to desperately whitewash everything to protect Trump.

        I will give them a bit of a pass because I think they want to get their names off the polonium tea list. The news from England must be giving a number of people in DC indigestion. IOW, get on board or else.

        1. The Gnat writes: “I bet you think the Devin Nunes House Intel committee findings are actually accurate and not an attempt to desperately whitewash everything to protect Trump.”

          They have looked at the facts. The Democrats Feinstein and Schiff have looked at the facts.

          All are in agreement that there is no evidence.

          …And your facts are?

          1. No, they are not in agreement that there is no evidence. Stop spreading Fake News. Oh, I forgot. This site mostly is Fake News.

            Never mind.

            1. Gnat, that is what they said, not me and I think the House just awhile ago released that no evidence was found.

              Don’t blame your ignorance on fake news.

            2. Can we call you Chop Suze? Or how about Suueeey? I’m a former hog calling champ from Des Moines, Iowa and every time I see your name I wanna call some hogs.

  6. I guess I don’t get it. Why are you harping about someone who lied 5 years ago, given the pervasive and habitual lying of the current Administration? Oh, I do see the overarching idea that some in Washington aren’t held accountable for lying, but given the current Administration and its chief executive, who is an habitual, pathological liar, I can’t see the relevance of complaining about James Clapper.

  7. Outrageous.
    A clear and public felony, in front of the whole nation, and yet no prosecution for it.

    John Adams’ “We are a nation of laws, not of men.” has been inverted.

    It was very much for the reason of who Clapper was and what status he held, that his felony was ignored.

  8. “The full extent of Clapper’s unabashed dishonesty was revealed to the world just three months later, when NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked troves of documents detailing the agency’s vast, warrantless surveillance of American citizens.”

    Thank you Edward Snowden for your courage informing the American citizens about government spying! A true patriot who put country above self. To the extent he has to live exiled in Russia — unless Trump pardons him.

    1. Yet the actual hero, Snowden, got no amnesty, didn’t get the benefit of statute of limitations running out, got no recognition for the patriotic whistleblower that he is.

      Again, John Adams’ “We are a nation of laws, not of men”, does not apply here, because Snowden is not a politically powerful man.

    2. In an interview, Mr. Snowden stated that it was the “…not wittingly” lie that was the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak, and he went public with the information as a result.

      Without passing judgment on Mr. Snowden, his decision to take action shows how illegal behavior by those trusted individuals usually leads to consequences outside the offender’s own criminal liability.

  9. What to say about James Clapper during the Obama & Clinton administration?

    At the White House, James was a yes man. In the back streets of Wash D.C., James was a brown noser on those cold rainy foggy nights.

  10. CLapper also lied as to whether any of Hilary’s emails on the illegal private server were classified material and he said she had never done anything wrong in 2015. He also said that it didn’t matter whether the FISA warrant obtained was done so using information paid for by HRC and the Democrat party, when that is clearly a lie, as so much of the paid for information has been discredited. Many also believe he was a key leaker of selective classified information meant to hurt conservatives. And finally, he was involved in the political ly motivated unmasking of many Trump associates with his friend Susan Rice. James Clapper is a political idealogue who perverted the functions of National Security and deserves to be punished. If a 4 star General is going to jail for lying about something that wasn’t illegal because he was threatened by Mueller with financial ruin, Clapper should be thrown in for life. Why don’t the conservatives take a stand on the corruption we saw the last 8 years!

  11. But does this anniversary celebration entail that Turley will finally stop pursuing his vendetta against Clapper? Even the most cursory glance at recent original posts from Turley strongly suggests that Turley has many another vendetta to pursue against a host of those who have imposed upon The Professor’s forbearance. Might there yet be justice done without vengeance reaped?

  12. It’s only fitting Saucier was pardoned before Clapper met this milestone. What’s truly disgusting is Clapper is considered to have a shred of credibility remaining. Is there no one else the media could find in the IC to consult?

  13. Human beings form societies around trust. That trust has been wearing thin for quite some time. With practically all of our leaders and their henchpersons having lied to us, trust is rapidly eroding. Where will that leave our society? Those that are responsible for this erosion of trust appear to be doing it to keep themselves in power so they can acquire more rent from the masses. So living a rich lifestyle when the masses come for them and their families with pitchforks is the life they may end up with.

    Let them eat cake.

  14. It’s unfortunate that intelligent, informed opinion leaders e.g. J.T. don’t speak out more about the utterly undemocratic policies and practices of our military/security complex and the terrible abuses they inflict around the world in their mission to preserve and expand the wealth of our least productive 1 percenters.

    1. All of which were directed, implemented and controlled by the same people you voted into office.

      1. And the vast vast majorityu of which were started by a Democrat and since 1909 Progressive in the Oval Office who were people the majority voted into office.

        Left your self wide open on that one.

      2. Clapper was part of the Bush (little shrub) administration before that of Obummer. Indeed, his nomination by President Barack Obama on June 5, 2010, to be Director of National Intelligence was controversial due to Clapper’s aggressive support for outsourcing intelligence work [during the Bush administration], including prisoner interrogations [torture], to private contractors, and his multiple payroll connections with defense and intelligence contractors[…]. http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/director-of-national-intelligence-who-is-james-clapper?news=841225 so no matter who you are, rethug or dimwit, you had no choice but to vote for someone who put Clapper in positions of authority:

        Clapper resigned these positions in April 2007, when President George W. Bush nominated him to become under secretary of defense for intelligence. In this role he oversaw the DIA, NGA, the NSA and the National Reconnaissance Office, while working closely with the director of national intelligence. He also held the title of director of defense intelligence, reporting directly to the director of national intelligence as his principal advisor regarding defense intelligence matters. In 2007, Clapper told a Senate committee that he supported the use of private contractors to interrogate detainees.

        – same source, and link, as above

        Given the above, and the fact that Choice in selecting US Presidents is but a sad euphemism for rigged pre-selected corrupt candidates, your assertion is little more than a rather dim witted proof of everything and nothing. It’s no wonder the referees you smugly chose to judge billmcwilliams were none other than you, yourself and vous-même when you chortled Left your self wide open on that one.

        Still, nice to see one of your comments bubble up so close to being intelligible, even if irrelevant and inaccurate, rather than just the usual gibberish.

        BTW, I’m just trying to help you to see different points of view through understanding and compassion since those qualities are so heavily emphasized in the commentary of this site.

  15. Along with David Petraeus and Sandy Berger, what about Jeff Sessions? He lied 2 or 3 times (I lost count) under oath, our AG!

    1. Ed, I’m not in love with Sessions but the word lying has a specific meaning (an intentionally false statement). Can you tell us the lie? Make sure it is not a misunderstanding of the question or something that pertains to not remembering.

      1. LOL. When you can’t recall as many times as Sessions couldn’t recall about a very specific topic, you’re either lying or you need to retire and get medical attention.

        My bet: lying.

        1. The Gnat, AKA suze the ignominious writes: “Sessions couldn’t recall… ”

          That happens when a question is poorly asked where the responder is looking for an answer of consequence.

          Why don’t you provide the question, the answer and then Sessions’ correction. By doing so you will learn how to better manage evidence.

    2. You have to actually list the name, the instance, the source and the factual information. No tweet burgers accepted here.

      1. […] “And the vast vast majorityu of which were started by a Democrat and since 1909 Progressive in the Oval Office who were people the majority voted into office.” – you, yourself and vous-même. just a few scrolls above, but for completeness:
        https://jonathanturley.org/2018/03/12/happy-anniversary-james-clapper/comment-page-1/#comment-1713483

        Please list the names, the instances, the sources and the factual information. No tweet burgers accpeted here.

        Right?

        1. Meant to say, “Please list the names, the instances, the sources and the factual information regarding this V-A-S-T majority.” The, “No tweet burgers accepted here.” can stand as is.

          1. BB – FWIW — due to folks being “Twitmoed” many are moving to Gab.ai which fully allows free speech apparently – the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly….

            1. A hello and top of the day to you, Amber.

              I stay away from twitter, face book, and so on, entirely – a position which is admittedly as absurdly reactionary in some respects as it is justified in others.

              1. Lord help me, I meant, Autumn. Why in the world do I associate you with Amber? Who were you in your last re-incarnation?

              2. BB – no offense taken – a lot of people call me Amber and even April – one even referred to me as August =) I think it’s the “A thang”.

                I don’t have a Twitter or FB account myself but I have started following certain folks on Twitter because it’s convenient – they post not only their tweets but also videos and articles. And you don’t have to sign up to peruse their sites unlike FB.

                I think it is fascinating how people are moving from corporate controlled sites and participating in / creating new ones. Human ingenuity in the face of fascism.

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