Ladies and Gentlemen, the Director of National Intelligence


James Clapper is the Director of National Intelligence and he’s been telling anyone who would listen that the NSA’s data mining program is perfectly fine and not at all a threat to your privacy. And just to show you that he’s an expert on threats, here’s one of his greatest hits from October 2003:

The director of a top American spy agency said Tuesday that he believed that material from Iraq’s illicit weapons program had been transported into Syria and perhaps other countries as part of an effort by the Iraqis to disperse and destroy evidence immediately before the recent war.

The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material “unquestionably” had been moved out of Iraq.

“I think people below the Saddam Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what was coming and decided the best thing to do was to destroy and disperse,” General Clapper, who leads the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, said at a breakfast with reporters.

He said he was providing a personal assessment. But he said “the obvious conclusion one draws” was that there “may have been people leaving the scene, fleeing Iraq, and unquestionably, I am sure, material.”

Unquestionably! Just like the NSA programs are unquestionably legal, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

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  1. says

    The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material “unquestionably” had been moved out of Iraq.

    So why invade Iraq, then?

    And – bullshit – if that were true, there would have been so many viable options on the table, none of which required a mega-expensive invasion.

    He’s just a fucking liar, that’s all. You know how I can tell? His lips are moving.

  2. says

    Now do you see why we have to arm the rebel forces in Syria? The government there has Saddam’s imaginary weapons!
    Come on, America, let’s hurry up and send over all of our best imaginary weaponry!

  3. says

    Is this the same Clapper who recently lied UNDER OATH to Congress…. and not a damn thing was done about it? Thought so.
    I think that when the administration – any administration – wants an absurd thing said, they point to him and say: “You’re up.”

  4. slc1 says

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #4

    Notice how fast the Congressional Committee was to demand that Clapper be indited for perjury. Oh wait.

  5. baal says

    So some iraqis saw the massing of US troups in Kuwait and decided to high tail it out of there. Shocking!

  6. Synfandel says

    Modusoperandi:

    Now do you see why we have to arm the rebel forces in Syria? The government there has Saddam’s imaginary weapons!
    Come on, America, let’s hurry up and send over all of our best imaginary weaponry!

    Slow down, there, Modusoperandi. If all these imaginary weapons end up in the hands of radical Islamists, we could have an increase in imagined terrorist threats against the United States and its allies.

  7. oranje says

    @7: And just IMAGINE the consequences!

    /Right, I’ll go sit in the corner and think about what I’ve done.

  8. kermit. says

    He said he was providing a personal assessment. But he said “the obvious conclusion one draws” was that there “may have been people leaving the scene, fleeing Iraq, and unquestionably, I am sure, material.”
    .
    This fella is great for the job. He clearly sees the obvious possibility of spies where others fail. Nothing is stronger than this proof that there were WMD. I imagine he’ll do just fine…

  9. thebookofdave says

    If all these imaginary weapons end up in the hands of radical Islamists, we could have an increase in imagined terrorist threats against the United States and its allies.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about that, @Synfandel #7. We have experience dealing with imaginary threats, and an industrial scale capacity to manufacture justification to spare no resources (or freedoms) in countering them. We’re in this for the long haul.

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