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    Absolutely. The man lied outright and was caught. He should be gone. But so what? He'll just be right back as a lobbyist. It's how the world has changed in the modern age. When I was a child the saying was "cut of the head and the snake dies". Today it should be "cut off the head and the snake becomes a lobbyist".
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    So you think that if the director of national intelligence is asked in a public hearing something like," Do you know any secrets?", that he should respond openly and honestly?

    Really?
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    @harold_lloyd No one asked him for specific data. he was asked if the NSA
    was gathering data on millions of Americans. Yes or No. He lied. Period.
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    Why didn't Wyden come out and say it himself? He was aware of the program when he was asking about it. He voted for it. So why not blow the whistle himself? This is so much BS. Wyden could have come clean himself as could any member of the Senate at any time. So you ask the national intelligence director to blow classified information in an open hearing that you yourself don't have the fortitude to divulge. That's bullshit and there is no way around it.
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    @frigginhell ... that was answered in the article. "Wyden seems to have done everything he could to shed light on this information for the American people without violating American law. He previously asked the NSA for a "ballpark estimate" on how many Americans are being spied upon under FISA. The NSA responded that they could not answer the question: "Obtaining such an estimate was beyond the capacity of his office...An IG review of the sort suggested would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons."
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    Security, terrorism prevention, intelligence gathering is important...but we still need accountability and oversight in our government. A lawless government is dangerous. And has more power than any terrorist network.
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    @harold_lloyd And when Michelle Bachmann can be a member of the House Intelligence Committee, they deserve to be lied to!!! Seriously, WTF kind of idiot would ask that question in an open session?
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    I agree. I think a major problem here is that these congressional hearings are done so openly, often even on live TV, where everyone could learn the system and how to dodge it. This needed to be discussed and dealt with away from the cameras and the crowds.
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    Hey goofus, where did 'his boss' lie? You're going to fire everyone for one man's incompetence or shoddy work? I wouldn't want you as dictator /father -in-chief.
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    I think that if he'd lied in a secure session of the intelligence oversight committee, that would be bad.

    But to try and maintain security in the face of an idiot congressman asking a question in a public hearing, that was the right thing to do.
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    It is not "maintaining security" to sit and bald faced lie to congress to admit to something going on without providing specifics. Everyone knows the government spies on everyone home and abroad. That's was an unnecessary lie and without justification.
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    HMMM....really? So, let me get this straight. You prefer your government to lie to you because ........you don't need to know?
    My employer wants me to 1) not lie to them 2) be open on what duties I am performing.....
    I do as employer asks..........my employer pays my salary!
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    @stepped_in_it

    Is your employer in the business of national security?

    There will always be thing that you would like to know but have no need to know.

    There are things you are better off not knowing.
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    @frontporchdem I don't trust people who use sneaky tactics to try and "protect" us. If we aren't doing anything wrong what are we worried about the government is a bunch of manipulating bastards
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    @Republiccommi You must be happy now that you live in the wealthiest country on the planet under a divided-government democratic republic checks&balances system that actually works like it was designed to do so many hundreds of years ago.
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    @frontporchdem doesn't mean that will last forever I respect a lot of president liberal and conservative but I can't respect a socialist/communist president and government
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    He should then be tried for perjury and whatever other crimes he may have committed and given. The maximum sentence for each crime he is convicted. Sentences should be served consecutively. If all we do is slap wrists the problem will continue.
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    no, there are so many liars and cheats in this administration there is nor wnough time to bring them all before congress, rice, holden, obama, clinton, clapper, IRS leadership, the DNC, polosi, the list just gets longer each day
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