At the end of that exchange is where Clapper gives his now famous answer
Wyden asked: Does the NSA collect ANY type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.
Clapper responds: “ No Sir. …Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect but not wittingly.”
So as if by some freak accident, they could ”inadvertently collect” data. A court order is pretty big inadvertent. I suppose “perhaps” they just stumbled across a court authorized order and thereby are collecting all the data… all by some accident of course.
You have to laugh that this is the director of intelligence. He earlier tried to hand off questions directed at him to Mueller in FBI.
This Verizon dragnet is the biggest inadvertent data collection that I think I ever heard of. A historic first.
This isn’t one of those “depends on the definition of IS” questions. I am struck then on how much unwitting data collection they are doing. Almost like, maybe, they were intentionally trying to do it? I know that sounds ridiculous, and I apologize.
The point in this is not about the data-collection issue, it is about lying. That would be intentionally not telling the truth, for anyone unsure. There used to be another word….
If Clapper lied about data collection, what are the chances he can lie about them keeping “dossiers” on millions of people? NSA called that a false claim.