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Ron Wyden´s Reprehensible Stunt
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff

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Posted By:ScarletPimpernel, 6/13/2013 10:50:48 AM

Marc Thiessen makes a point I was preparing to write up, and wish I had written: The real culprit behind James Clapper’s false testimony to Congress regarding NSA data collection isn’t Clapper, but rather Sen. Ron Wyden who asked the question to which Clapper responded. Since Thiessen went first, I’ll let him explain: What is outrageous is not that Clapper tried to protect classified information in an open session, but that Senator Ron Wyden asked him the question in open session the first place.

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I agree with one poster after the article regarding what Clapper should have said, "Senator, I can neither confirm nor deny what you are asking me about here in open session." If this information was classified (and it was), then that would have been a perfectly acceptable answer.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 6/13/2013 11:06:12 AM     (No. 9373976)

Wyden tried to cast himself in a positive light, and make Clapper look even worse, by telling reporters that he provided Clapper with advance notice of his question. But advance notice was unhelpful — the question put Clapper in the box Thieseen describes and left him no way out (other than refusing to appear in public session).

Uh .... what about just telling the truth?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 6/13/2013 11:06:54 AM     (No. 9373977)

Clapper lied to Congress & should be treated accordingly. I´m not holding my breath, for him or any of the Washington "elite", be they Dem or Repub.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 6/13/2013 11:07:38 AM     (No. 9373979)

If the rules regarding primary residences was followed better, Ron Wyden should not even be in office, due to the fact that he has been living in his rich wife´s home in NY. Unfortunately, the 2 very small blue areas of Oregon (PDX & Eugene) contain high density liberal lofo populations that pretty much controls how the rest of the state winds up. Rest of the state is bright and deep red by the way.

The only decent thing he has really done with his career was when he worked for the outfit called Gray Panthers, back in the 1970´s.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: janjan, 6/13/2013 11:08:50 AM     (No. 9373983)

First of Paul, thanks for your assurances that the government is not reading our emails or listening to our phone conversations but you don´t know that. Judging by the caliber of people working for the government, as witnessed by the parade of political hacks testifying in the IRS scandal, I have no such confidence. And if these ´lone wolf´ terrorists you speak of don´t know about this I don´t think it matters. The Russian government told the FBI that the Boston brothers were under suspicion and they did nothing. Too busy sniffing out patriots and right to lifers who might be political enemies of Obama.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 6/13/2013 11:23:33 AM     (No. 9374006)

Clearly, some people prefer living in a Police State.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 6/13/2013 11:33:34 AM     (No. 9374029)

Wyden was perfectly justified in asking the question and performed a necessary and laudatory public service. Even if Clapper had answered truthfully, do you think the terrorists would thereupon be aided and abetted? They automatically assume, correctly, that attempts are being made to monitor THEM. Paul Mirengoff, you are a statist, naive fool for writing this stupid article. You are certainly not a Constitutionalist, but try to read the Fourth Amendment word for word - you may move your lips.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JAN, 6/13/2013 11:55:25 AM     (No. 9374069)

It would only be a ridiculous stunt if clapper told Wyden he would lie.

Surely he didn´t so the person that is reprehensible is clapper

Will he say the devil made him lie?

Please, enough already treating us as if we are the idiots.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: IRC, 6/13/2013 12:06:45 PM     (No. 9374091)

The story is short. I urge you to read it.

Then read the comments and you will understand how far gone we already are as a country.

Stunning really.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hazymac, 6/13/2013 12:30:58 PM     (No. 9374158)

FTA: At a minimum, the oily Oregon Senator should be kicked off of the Intelligence Committee.

My mentor WFB used to use the word oleaginous, or unctuous, although I would have called Wyden reptilian because he would look proper in scales, his tongue flicking out like Anita Dunn´s. Our government is close to half a kakistocracy, and building.

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