June 12, 2013
At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing back in March, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, “Does the NSA collect any type of data on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
“No, sir,” Clapper answered.
“It [the NSA] does not,” Wyden said to confirm Clapper’s answer.
“Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly,” said Clapper.
In response to Clapper’s now obviously false response, U.S. House member Justin Amash (R-Mich.) made the following statement on his Facebook page:
“It now appears clear that the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, lied under oath to Congress and the American people. Members of Congress can’t make informed decisions on intelligence issues when the head of the intelligence community willfully makes false statements. Perjury is a serious crime. Mr. Clapper should resign immediately.”