Pro-Privacy Senator Wyden story shows – Secret meetings don’t work
Senator Ron Wyden thought he knew what was going on. The Democrat from Oregon, who has served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence since 2001, thought he knew the nature of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. As a committee member with a classified clearance, he received regular briefings to conduct oversight. But when the The New York Times broke the story in late 2005 that the spy agency was engaging in warrantless wiretapping, Wyden was as surprised as the rest of us: All the time he was misled and lied to. Half year after that, again. Again. Again.
Wyden on NSA’s backdoor search loophole: “The Bush administration, as incredible as it sounds, closed it before they left in 2008, and the Obama administration came back and re-opened it.”
Wyden acknowledges that there are many problems with the oversight process that prevent lawmakers from doing their job properly. “We only get probably half an hour a year to ask questions in public on the Intelligence committee,” he notes. Wyden on US telecoms undermining foreign networks: “I can’t get near that. It’s a classified matter.”
Clapper lies, under oath, to congress and not a peep from anybody, no prosecution, stays in his job, keeps issuing stupid quotes like he has credibility, etc, etc, etc. I used to be a Monty Python fan….The Dept. of Redundancy Dept., and stuff like that. But I didn’t know it was real.
So how about commission Stiekem?