White House Says Known Liar Will Establish NSA Review Group But Won’t Lead or Be Part of It

Earlier today, we reported that the White House had appointed the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, a guy who has by his own admission lied to Congress about the NSA spying on Americans, to "establish a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies" to assess the NSA's surveillance efforts.

This has caused quite a fuss so the White House has clarified that "Director Clapper will not be a part of the group, and is not leading or directing the group’s efforts."  The White House will be selecting the members of the Review Group.


Even if "I am directing you to establish a Review Group" doesn't mean Clapper will be picking the members (what the hell does it mean, then?), the Review Group is still reporting back through Mr. Liar Face.

"the Review Group will brief their interim findings to me through the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Review Group will provide a final report and recommendations to me through the DNI no later than December 15, 2013." -Barack Obama

Source: The Hill via Techdirt (thanks prh99!)

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    To be clear, I'm not mudslinging.  Clapper admitted to lying about the NSA's surveillance activities.  Neither he nor Snowden should have anything to do with an independent review of the NSA.


    Andrew Eisen

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    black manta says:

    I'd sooner trust the "known liar" (your words) over the self-admitted paranoiac that is Edward Snowden.  If you are automatically suspicious of any kind of government surveillance program, naturally you're going to assume the worst in it.

    Also I'm sorry, but fleeing to Russia and getting asylum there just doesn't look good.

    Letting Snowden in effect frame this debate over government surveillance to me is like allowing Jack Thompson to frame the debate over violence in video games.  In both cases you have someone whose allegations are highly questionable, whipping-up hysteria and arguing from an emotional standpoint (namely fear), rather than looking at the facts and letting more rational heads prevail.

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