James Clapper 'very concerned' by proposed limits on NSA phone surveillance
July 23rd, 2013
08:59 PM ET

James Clapper 'very concerned' by proposed limits on NSA phone surveillance

By Paul Courson and Ted Barrett

A day before the House is expected to vote on restrictions to the National Security Agency's controversial phone surveillance program, the director of national intelligence told CNN Tuesday he would be "very concerned" if the measure were to pass.

James Clapper commented briefly as he left a classified hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which also is exploring changes to the program in the wake of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Clapper and NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander spent hours on Capitol Hill Tuesday answering questions from lawmakers about the data collection effort.

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  1. Random

    I think going around crying about him telling a lie , while being asked about classified info he can goto prison for life for releasing , is a far stretch.
    The most likely outcome of limiting the NSA's ability to do its job, IE limiting these programs.... is that all of the people responsible for stopping these attacks before they happen resign. What is currently an effective system will be removed . If I was the one responsible for stopping the attacks, that is what I would do. Take away the tools to do the job and it just feels like a setup to fail and be blamed . It probably will be used badly just like the irs was. Rather than stopping something that is effective when we have no other means, we ought to be considering effective alternatives, and safeguards to keep it from being misused. The bottom line is the crowd with pitchforks is demanding making it ineffective , assume for one second it actually did stop attacks. How did you feel on 911? Are you willing to render the only effective tool we have ineffective just to ease your mind about privacy?

    July 26, 2013 at 3:16 am | Reply
  2. LeadPoop

    I'm tired of Clapper blatantly lying to Congress and not facing and repercussions.

    July 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      I feel the same way, LeadPoop. This James Clapper needs to go to prison where there are men serving time for less. This man is living proof that if one is rich, white, well connected and politically correct, they can get away with just about anything!!!

      July 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Name*richatd bittnet

      Any argument regarding the effectiveness of the domestic employment of the dragnet PRISM spy program has been rendered moot by the disclosure of it's existence. He we have a general, appointed by the bonehead bushII, who's telling us that we must continue to suurender the 4th and 5th amendment rights to insure our safety by continuing to use a SPY program...that everyone, including Al Qaeda, knows about. Realistically, the only effectiveness of the continued domestic use of PRISM is to spy on Us.

      July 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  3. SolarMoon

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. Due to national security concerns the DNI is unable to cite specific terror plots that have been prevented. The sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. Trust us, we have a track record of lying during congressional hearings.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  4. Navyvet8192

    Of course he is... Anyone who is given that kind of unchecked power and authority would be concerned if it were to be curbed or curtailed in any way. It wouldn't surprise me at all for the administration to pubicly reduce the scope of the surveillance, then allow it under another name cloaked under the Patriot Act and buried in several more layers of classification. It's a shell game where the public has to find the ball when they can't even see the shells.

    July 24, 2013 at 11:45 am | Reply
  5. Support the Amash Amendment

    Support the Amash Amendment!

    July 24, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  6. MIB

    I guess this is the standard.

    July 24, 2013 at 6:53 am | Reply
  7. USMC1371

    Why is he not in jail?

    July 24, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
  8. Phelix Unger

    I always feel like someones watching me, wait they are they are. Privacy is a thing of the past and everyone knows it.

    July 24, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
  9. Mark

    What concerns me is Clapper himself. The man committed a crime when he lied while being questioned by congress and should be rotting in a jail cell where the only concern he'd have is not being gang raped.

    July 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Thank you, Mark. You nailed it good!

      July 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Reply

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