After Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing the NSA’s illegal spying on American citizens, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress about the extent of the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance program. This is a felony and Rand Paul is calling for Clapper’s resignation and prosecution.
Clapper testified at a hearing last March that the National Security Agency did not “wittingly” steal millions of innocent individuals’ private “metadata.” We have since learned that, in fact, they have — and more. Paul said that Clapper lying to Congress hurts us more than Edward Snowden ever could because it “damage[s] the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus.”
Between Clapper’s lies about the NSA and Hillary’s lies about Benghazi, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what information to trust anymore when they testify to Congress. These people need to be held accountable; as Rand said, if we don’t, we are “just encouraging people to lie to us.”
The Hill reports:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday called on Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to resign his post.
Paul also floated the idea of prosecuting Clapper for perjury.
Paul said Clapper’s misleading testimony to a Senate panel earlier this year about a National Security Agency program that collected phone records has hurt the United States far worse than anything leaker Edward Snowden has done.
“I find really that Clapper is lying to Congress is probably more injurious to our intelligent capabilities than anything Snowden did because Clapper has damaged the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus, and I’m not sure what to believe anymore when they come to Congress,” Paul said in an interview with CNN.
Paul has been consistently critical of Clapper and the surveillance program since its public disclosure this year. […]
“And I really think that in order to restore confidence in our intelligence community, I think James Clapper should resign,” Paul said.
When asked if the Justice Department should file criminal charges against Clapper, Paul said that if they do not, “you’re just encouraging people to lie to us.”
This is not the only case where Rand Paul is defending our right to privacy against a corrupt, tyrannical government. After a judge recently ruled the NSA’s spying to be unconstitutional, he immediately moved forward with a lawsuit against the agency.
It is absolutely critical for anyone who values the principles of freedom upon which this country was founded to stand up, speak out, and not allow this injustice to continue. The NSA’s actions are bad enough, but the precedent it sets is even worse. I shudder to think about America in five, ten, or twenty years from now if this power does not go unchecked.
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