Kurt Opsahl and Trevor Timm:
ANDREA MITCHELL: “Why do you need every telephone number? Why is it such a broad vacuum cleaner approach?”
JAMES CLAPPER: “Well, you have to start someplace.”
—NBC Meet the Press, this past Sunday
Concerned about the surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans, last year Senator Ron Wyden asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Jr. a simple question: "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"…
DNI Clapper’s answer was simple: "No, sir… not wittingly."
This just is not true. We’ve known for years… and now we know that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued an order in April requiring Verizon to hand over all call records…. DNI Clapper’s statement was not the truth.