Intelligence Boss: We Should Have Told You We’re Spying On You … But Snowden Is a Traitor for Telling You that We’re Spying On You

The Very Same Disclosure That Turned Edward Snowden Into A “Traitor” And Was Going To Do So Much “Harm” To American Security Is Something James Clapper Says He Should Have Done In The First Place

TechDirt notes:

Spy bigwig James Clapper … wrote to Ron Wyden that section 215 leaks “will do significant damage to the intelligence community’s ability to protect the nation.”

Now, in a move that will surprise nobody, since Clapper is a proven liar, he has reversed course and says that the government should have told the American people about section 215.

“What did us in here, what worked against us was this shocking revelation,” he said, referring to the first disclosures from Snowden. If the program had been publicly introduced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, most Americans would probably have supported it. “I don’t think it would be of any greater concern to most Americans than fingerprints. Well people kind of accept that because they know about it. But had we been transparent about it and say here’s one more thing we have to do as citizens for the common good, just like we have to go to airports two hours early and take our shoes off, all the other things we do for the common good, this is one more thing.”


Unbelievable. So the very same disclosure that turned Edward Snowden into a traitor and was going to do so much harm to American security is something Clapper says he should have done in the first place?

Of course, Clapper is only saying this because polls show that the American public is glad they know what Snowden has revealed, doesn’t trust or believe the NSA, and values privacy over anti-terror protections.

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  • Carl_Herman

    Awesome frame, GW; thank you!

    Yeah, while nobody knows how long this “game” of exposure will continue, you help make it fun to play 🙂

    • gozounlimited

      Love your playfulness….. Let’s PLAY!

  • Mary

    Unfortunately, he’s probably correct. After 9/11 they could have told us and the general populace would probably a) not understood the intent or concept, and b) had accepted the concept of Meta Data collection on the principle that it would further protect us. Therein lies the rub though, he’s saying they could have gotten acceptance for unconstitutional spying tactics without us being the wiser so that they could have unconstitutionally spied on us without fear of revelation. That’s the true gall of his traitorous statements!

  • Pronto

    I’m against NSA spying, but what about our ISPs, they spy more than the NSA. What about the FBI/NSB and countless other goons, corporations and that ol’ gestapo model known as the CIA? The whole thing is big bad drooiing soap opera. We need more Snowdens, give us our daily whistleblower!

  • Howard Treesong

    Taking off our shoes at the airport is for the common good now. James Clapper should not be allowed to travel anywhere without being tied like Hannibal Lecter, with a gag in his face.

  • gozounlimited
    • gozounlimited

      SATAN: We Should Have Told You We’re Chemtraiing You … But Alternative Media Is a Traitor for Telling You that We’re Causing A Drought In California While Freezing the Rest of the Country….. see: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/national/satellite-wv. The orange depicts chemtrails blocking the upper low from providing rain and snow to Cali…. The rest of it depicts SATAN ramming snow, rain, ice, tornadoes up your sunny-side. (SATAN loves himself so much he spawned a clone….right here in front of our eyes.) COOL!!!!!

  • Dale Gribble

    The best thing for the common good of the people is a complete flush of
    all federal politicians, they are the one who seek to impose restrictions on US people’s freedoms, not “terrorists”. At least state level politicians are
    transparent and understand their constituents, not coroporations, and have fought to shutdown NSA via anti material bills.

  • Rehmat

    Last year, Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of NSA (1999-2005) and CIA (2006-2009) told Jewish Newsmax that though NSA spying on world leaders is “terribly damaging” – but they’re “lawful, effective and appropriate”.
    http://rehmat1.com/2013/10/27/gen-hayden-supports-nsa-spying-on-world-leaders/