US Spy Chief: We Should’ve Admitted to Call Surveillance

Changes Excuse on His Lies to Congress

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper has long been a leading proponent of keeping the NSA telephone surveillance scheme a secret, bragging about his lies to Congress about the matter and insisting that the leaks which revealed the truth caused “significant damage.”

Hindsight being what it is, Clapper now insists that the US should’ve told the American public they were being surveilled from the start, saying if they’d just announced it publicly after 9/11 “most Americans would probably have supported it.

Clapper went on in his comments to engage in some more revision of history, reimagining his overt lies to Congress as the result of confusion about the question, despite has comments since then revealing he knew exactly what he was doing.

Clapper’s claim to have been surprised by the question isn’t credible, since he was given months of similar questions from the same senator about the same program. Clapper previous bragged that he simply said the “least untruthful” thing he could think of. For the record, Clapper said “no” when the truthful answer was “yes,” so the least untruthful thing would’ve at least been “maybe.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.