by Craig Masters
General James Clapper appeared before a congressional hearing and swore an oath to tell the truth. He later admitted that, because he had previously taken another oath of secrecy, he “could not” tell the truth under oath at a public congressional hearing. But he says he tried to tell the “least truthful” lies that he could.
This “least truthful” nonsense has become a popular defense by Obama officials against the charge of perjury. But don’t try it yourself in front of a judge. It only seems to apply at the highest levels of government and usually only then when the liar is defended by Attorney General Holder’s office. Remember, Holder has himself been held in contempt of Congress.
General Clapper is the Obama appointee in charge of national intelligence. As Director of National Intelligence (DNI) he reports directly to, and is under the direction and control of, the President. The DNI is not permitted to hold any other office within what is called the intelligence committee. The office was developed in the post 9/11 panic and became law in 2004 by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004(IRTPA). The law says the DNI must either be in the military or have military intelligence experience of some sort.
Before the creation of this position, the duties General Clapper now performs for the President were done by the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The IRTPA of 2004 now requires the Director of the CIA to report to the Director of National Intelligence who then reports to the President. Perhaps the most important result of the reorganization of national security intelligence was that the Department of Defense was given control over the National Security Agency (NSA) as well as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the global network for intelligence called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
So the man who directs this massive force being used against Americans in violation of the 4th Amendment protection against arbitrary search and seizures of property admits that swearing an oath of secrecy to protect the illegal activities of the federal government under the direct control of the President is an oath of higher authority than an oath to tell the truth in a public congressional hearing.
Do you understand how this works? Congress created a secret court system (FISA) and staffed it with judges who swore an oath to keep everything they do secret from the public. These judges are not even allowed to have personal writing materials or carry things like smart phones in their courtrooms, chambers or conference rooms. These secret judges are not allowed to keep any copies of any documents they sign. No records! Only agents of the NSA can keep any records – which of course can not be verified for truthfulness or accuracy without any other records existing. Yet if one of these “authorized” seizures yields some evidence of any crime whatsoever by an American citizen, the same law that created this shadow force also throws out the rules of evidence in criminal courts. Miranda Rights have thus been eliminated if the NSA introduces your phone conversation to the court – you literally will be testifying against yourself – in direct conflict to the 5th Amendment. But this all ok because a federal judge says this type of evidence was collected “inadvertantly.”
And now you understand the scope of Edward Snowden’s crimes against “America!”
But there may still be a small glimmer of hope.
The law which prohibits the U.S. armed forces from occupying or enforcing laws on U.S. soil is called the Posse Comitatus Act. This law is probably better known to students from Ohio and a couple of former Confederate states than to any other area. (I don’t think it even gets a passing mention in Colorado these days.) But it could arguably be applied to challenge the convictions of Americans within the U.S. who were or will be convicted on evidence collected by the NSA in the now infamous eavesdropping/spying program exposed for all the world by the brave patriot Edward Snowden.
The NSA is a pseudo-military organization under direct control of the U.S. military.
Liberty is being attacked openly when we allow government officials to lie under oath and claim their oath to secrecy has higher priority than their oath to tell the truth to the public about what the government is doing illegally.