They turn up today, a column inch away from each other, at The Intercept. A "fine pair of liars," you could say, the two of them -- both running key agencies of the US government.
CIA Director John Brennan today petulantly denied that he lied in March when he publicly insisted that the CIA had not improperly accessed the computers of Senate staffers investigating the agency’s role in torturing detainees.
Thing is, the guy is still trying to say he didn't lie and he doesn't lie. It's a mark of power: we who reach these heights do not, in the term used by the little people, "lie." Ordinary terms like "lie" and "cheat" and even "prevaricate" do not apply.
The NSA's James Clapper is no better. Same age, more or less, same color, possibly wearing the very same clothes, Clapper's jaw is set and he repeats he didn't really lie.
An unapologetic James Clapper bristled at accusations of misconduct in front of a trade group today, announced that he intends to continue serving as national intelligence director through the rest of the Obama presidency, and released a new “National Intelligence Strategy” that includes a “Code of Ethics” that seems disconnected from the reality of intelligence collection as revealed by Edward Snowden.
Speaking in public, but in a friendly setting, Clapper mocked the notion of intelligence collection without risk, the potential for embarrassment or invasion of privacy. He snidely called it “Immaculate Collection.” (see NBC video.)
Clapper also confirmed a report that, in commemoration of Constitution Day, he led his staff this week in two separate “re-administrations” of the oath of office to the Constitution, which he characterized as a good bonding experience, rather than an urgently needed recommitment to observing the constitutional rights of Americans.
“While we’ve made mistakes, to be clear, the IC [intelligence community] never willfully violated the law,” he insisted. ...Intercept
What really counts here, for us Americans, is that the story appears to end with that "good bonding experience." Clap, clap, clap.