What the Clapper episode reveals

In a letter of apology to senator Diane Feinstein, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has admitted that he lied under oath to Congress. So what will happen to him now? Probably nothing.

The deafening silence on this is very revealing. Where are the outraged voices in calling for him to be prosecuted for perjury? After all, perjury is precisely what a mere baseball pitcher Roger Clemens was prosecuted for following his testimony to Congress about steroid use

While Republicans have been yelling for months about Susan Rice making false statements about Benghazi on TV talk shows, they are not apoplectic about Clapper’s lies. Neither are the media who instead obsess over whether Edward Snowden is a narcissist. It looks like Clapper will not even have to resign his job because president Obama seems to be supporting him, which is not surprising since he was lying on Obama’s behalf.

So to sum up: a private individual possibly lying about personal steroid use? Send for the prosecutors, grand jury, and weeks of trial! A senior government official admitting lying about a massive eavesdropping program on all Americans? A shrug.

How many more examples do we need of the blatant double standards when it comes to applying the rule of law?