Clap-Trap Clapper

Clapper’s mouth just keeps moving, now as an analyst on CNN.


(CNN) Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Friday night that the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race “cast doubt” on the legitimacy of President Donald Trump’s victory.

“Our intelligence community assessment did, I think, serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory in the election,” Clapper said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Out Front.”

NSA renews its collection operation

Court renews NSA telephone surveillance program

Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court renewed the government’s authority Friday to continue the collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records, one of the classified counter-terrorism programs disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
In an unusual public statement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged that the court renewed the authority that was set to expire Friday.
“In light of the significant and continuing public interest in the …collection program, the DNI has decided to declassify and disclose publicly that the government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the court renewed that authority,” the statement said.
Earlier this week, Democrat and Republican lawmakers expressed deep concerns about the scope of the surveillance program and suggested that Congress may not renew legislative authority for it when it comes up for review in nearly two years.
“This is unsustainable, outrageous and must be stopped immediately,” Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., told Justice and intelligence officials at a Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.
Said Alabama Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus: “How do we keep this from evolving into an unchecked weapons that can be used against people’s rights?”
Snowden has been charged with espionage related offenses for disclosing the program and a separate operation that tracks the communications of non-U.S. citizens abroad. He has been in a Moscow airport weighing various asylum strategies to avoid extradition to the United States

Funny how on the day the FISA court renews it, Obama comes out to give a race lecture on Trayvon Martin.

When I read the statement it just rubs salt in the wound. No changes but they decided to make it public that they are doing it.

So they announce that they are collecting data “in bulk”, after lying. First, Clapper said “no” they are not. “Not wittingly,” he said. “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”

Now he breezes though it as business of usual and makes no bones about it. He flaunts the renewal to the public. Everything Clapper does just makes me grit my teeth.

So we finally got to the very real “wittingly”, intentional part. Now they drop the pretense. It happens to be on a Friday, when Obama runs out to talk about Trayvon Martin. Then media gushes over his comments. (but then that is business as usual)

Blinders of Women and a phony media


While liberal-progs and their lamestream media salivate over what Romney described as a policy to hire more women in his administration — supplied to him in “a binder” — they could ignore the flagrant searching and appointments of Muslims in Barry Hussein’s administration to key positions.

Obama’s policy was reported by a few websites, but other than that the media couldn’t touch it with a hundred-foot pole. And they certainly did not question it.

Cal Thomas reported in Feb. 2010:

President Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference — the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting “the interests of the Muslim world” — should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public.

In 1991, a memo written by Mohamed Akram for the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood spelled out the objective of the organization. Akram said the Muslim Brotherhood “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Remember the James Clapper testimony where he said that Muslim Brotherhood was “heterogeneous[diverse] and largely secular”. That was in discussion to the Brotherhood in Egypt and their influence.

No real outrage over either of them; certainly no questions.

But Mitt Romney mentions a binder of women’s names given him by a women’s group for prospective appointments, and they feign outrage across the media before the sun can come up. “Sound the sirens, man the guns!”

Which one of those is worse, and which one more bizarre behavior? Just a cursory look at Hussain’s record should raise concerns, not only about his appointment but in the process and intentions of Obama. But no cries from media about that.

When Romney speaks about what he did as governor they are outraged about “binders”. Maybe they should look at the prez, show some outrage over lack of transparency, secret records, and appointments that pander to some group. Never happen.

Romney looks to hire women and Obama seeks out loyal Muslims. Which one do you care about?