When James Clapper testified to the US Congress that the US government does not suck down all metadata on American citizens, he lied.
Barack Obama knows he lied.
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the United States government official – subject to the authority, direction, and control of the President – required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to:
- Serve as principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council about intelligence matters related to national security;
- Serve as head of the sixteen-member Intelligence Community; and
- Direct and oversee the National Intelligence Program.
Further, by Presidential policy directive signed in October 2012, the DNI was given overall responsibility for Intelligence Community whistleblowing and source protection through Presidential Policy Directive 19.
Barack Obama has done absolutely nothing to James Clapper for lying to Congress and to the entire American and global population. That's because Barack Obama has no problem with lying to Congress or to the American people.
Please note that Barack Obama put the liar in charge of whistleblowing and source protection. That means that Barack Obama put James Clapper in charge of preventing whistleblowers, such as Edward Snowden, from effectively blowing the whistle in any meaningful way. Had Edward Snowden gone to his superiors within the so-called national-security system and raised with them the issues he has raised with the American people, absolutely nothing would have happened other than that Edward Snowden would have been hounded and drummed out and threatened with punishment if he were to reveal to the American people what he did reveal before allowing himself to be subjected to what others before him have gone through when they tried to get things corrected from within the system.
It's illegal for Barack Obama to have done what he did. The US Congress knows that but has done absolutely nothing to Barack Obama for lying and for allowing lying, condoning lying, aiding and abetting illegal lying to Congress and to the American people about such a huge, clear violation of the US Constitution, Bill of Rights.
Now, when the President and his administration continually say that they were not sucking down the contents behind all that metadata, they lie. They are lying about it to this day.
James Corbett says below, "We have suspected for years that phone calls were being recorded and stored wholesale." Well, I didn't suspect it. I knew it. I won't say how for the same reasons the US government doesn't reveal everything: protecting methods and sources.
Before these things came out as they have, I said repeatedly that the US so-called intelligence community/national-security state was sucking down all contents and retaining it for later access. The following is not the only open-source substantiation for my position. Even the Snowden documents already released show that in addition to the metadata databases there is another level which allowed Edward Snowden to access the contents for no less than 5 days.
That information does not, repeat, does not indicate that after the 5 days, all the contents was/is irretrievably (permanently) erased everywhere in the government's system. It is not erased everywhere in the government's system.
We have suspected for years that phone calls were being recorded and stored wholesale, but that was actually confirmed by Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent who casually let it slip on Erin Burnett's CNN program in May that US intelligence agencies have access to complete phone conversations whenever they want in the name of "national security."
Although this caused a buzz at the time and was picked up by numerous publications, it was soon covered over by the Snowden story, which once again focused people's attention on metadata.
See: 4 minutes and 44 seconds into the following video (you may click, hold, and slide the indicator to quickly get to 4:44):