Director of National Intelligence Admits Lying to Congress
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This post, written by GottaLaff, originally appeared on Cliff Schecter's Blog
First get the "news" out, then retract it after it's become "news". Hopefully this time, the Bush assministration will suffer more than the usual embarrassment.
In a new embarrassment for the Bush administration top spymaster, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell is withdrawing an assertion he made to Congress this week that a recently passed electronic-surveillance law helped U.S. authorities foil a major terror plot in Germany.
There's that whole misspeaking thing again, nipping at the heels of the White House. No biggie. All he said was that the FISA law had...
...helped to "facilitate" the arrest of three suspects believed to be planning massive car bombings against American targets in Germany. Other U.S. intelligence-community officials questioned the accuracy of McConnell's testimony and urged his office to correct it.
Spit it out, McConnell. You can do it:
Late Wednesday afternoon, McConnell issued a statement acknowleding that "information contributing to the recent arrests [in Germany] was not collected under authorities provided by the 'Protect America Act'."
The number of lies spewed by the Bush crime family is staggering.
The developments were cited by Democratic critics on Capitol Hill as the latest example of the Bush administration's exaggerated claims--and contradictory statements--about ultrasecret surveillance activities. In the face of such complaints, the administration has consistently resisted any public disclosure about the details of the surveillance activities--even thought McConnell himself has openly talked about some aspects of them.
I bet he has some innocent explanation. Don't you bet that? I bet that he does.