For John, BLUF: The President should fire the Director of National Intelligence. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Lowell Blogger Kad Barma, in an Independence Day pronouncement, telling us about "The Spirit of '76" also talks about the US Director of National Intelligence.♠ The DNI, retired Air Force Lieutenant General James R Clapper is in a position created in the wake of 9/11, a position designed to ensure that in the future there would be no "intelligence failures" due to lack of cross-communication.♥ Creating the position was a mistake, in my humble opinion. And, it is another waste of money in an ever-growing Federal Bureaucracy.
Kad, in his post, is pretty hard over on Mr Edward Snowden, infamous NSA leaker. I am not sure that Mr Snowden so much revealed new secrets as forced those already known "secrets" to the front of our minds.
Where I agree with Kad is that Mr Clapper lied to the US Congress, and thus to us. As Kad notes, Mr Clapper had the question ahead of time. He could have designed a truthful answer or headed it off. He did neither and instead tried to work around it, ending up lying to us. This is no small matter.
Article I of the US Constitution is the Legislature. The Executive is Article II. Within Article I are the implied oversight powers of the US Congress. One shouldn't lie to Congress, especially if the lie will be outed. If that happens there will be bureaucratic consequences.
It would seem to me that one way the President can deal with this problem with (1) Mr Snowden, (2) Mr Clapper and (3) the gross violation of our Fourth Amendment Rights by the NSA (and the US Post Office), would be to accept Mr Clapper's resignation. (One believes it is somewhere in a filing cabinet in the White House, or maybe in one of the drawers of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. (Remember the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets?))
Kad sort of sums it up:
we suffer an administration unwilling to accept that it is a travesty of its stated goal of transparency, and a congress who seems, to a member, to be unable to stand and demand for us what is right. our supreme court, able only to adjudicate cases that are brought to it, instead satisfies itself by insulting each other and pretending that private relationships between citizens are more important for their attention than our government's wholesale abnegation of its founding principles and documents against all obvious points to our law.I think Kad is wrong in his blank condemnation of the US Congress, but probably generally correct. There are brief glimpses of courage, a Denis Kucinich, a Ron Paul, and a few other mavericks.
Yes, it is time for the US Congress to stand up for our "Rights of Englishmen", no matter your ethnicity or nationality. That is why were was a Revolution. The British Crown was depriving us of our Rights as Englishmen. Magna Carta and all that.
Regards — Cliff
♠ This person is supposed to coordinate CIA, DIA, NSA, and 13 other members of the Intelligence Community (IC).
♥ You know, like thwarting the Boston Marathon Bombing earlier in the year.