“Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect — but not wittingly.”

I was driving yesterday and heard a snippet of James Clapper speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee on the radio:

Snowden claims that he’s won and that his mission is accomplished. If that is so, I call on him and his accomplices to facilitate the return of the remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed to prevent even more damage to U.S. security.

Of course the “accomplices” Clapper referred to are journalists.

I don’t think people really come to my blog for NSA news, but I do think people who care deeply about Wisconsin government are probably patriots who also care about their civil liberties and the liberties of other Americans.

I’ll keep it brief. I have two responses.

1) James Clapper lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee and to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden last year.
As in,
Wyden: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

Clapper: “No, sir.” “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect — but not wittingly.”

2) Here’s a list of our awareness of the NSA’s surveillance capabilities and activities:
Simple list compiled by Cannonfire (For technical analysis of items on the list see Schneier on Security.)

Check it out but give yourself at least 5 minutes. It’s that long.

Maybe this is a good time to mention that on February 11th there’s a big “The Day We Fight Back” against the NSA. More info on that is HERE.

The Day We Fight Back   February 11th 2014

Refreshers from 2013:

“I hope we can do this with just a YES or NO answer because I know Senator Feinstein wants to move on.

Last summer, the NSA Director was at a conference, and he was asked a question about the NSA surveillance of Americans. He replied, and I quote here, ‘the story that we have millions or hundreds of millions of dossiers on people is completely false.’

The reason I’m asking the question is, having served on the committee now for a dozen years, I don’t really know what a dossier is in this context.

So, what I wanted to see is, if you could give me a YES or NO answer to the question: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

[James Clapper]
“No, sir.”

[Wyden]
“It does not?”

[Clapper:]
“Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect — but not wittingly.”
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