Rand Paul to sue Obama administration over NSA
February 11th, 2014
06:45 PM ET
8 months ago

Rand Paul to sue Obama administration over NSA

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul will sue President Barack Obama and top officials in the National Security Agency over surveillance.

Paul's political action committee, RandPAC, announced plans by the Kentucky senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate to file a class-action challenge on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • James Clapper • James Comey • Ken Cuccinelli • NSA • President Obama • Rand Paul
Sen. Paul: Snowden deserves 'reasonable sentence'
January 5th, 2014
01:19 PM ET
9 months ago

Sen. Paul: Snowden deserves 'reasonable sentence'

Washington (CNN) - While Sen. Rand Paul thinks Edward Snowden shouldn't escape prosecution, the Kentucky lawmaker said Sunday the NSA leaker should receive some leniency.

"I don't think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison," Paul told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "I think that's inappropriate."

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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Edward Snowden • James Clapper • NSA • Rand Paul
Government shutdown 'extremely damaging' to U.S. intelligence operations
October 2nd, 2013
11:43 AM ET
12 months ago

Government shutdown 'extremely damaging' to U.S. intelligence operations

(CNN) - The government shutdown is "extremely damaging" to U.S. intelligence operations, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday.

Clapper noted that he has worked in the intelligence field for 50 years, and "never seen anything like this."

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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Intelligence • James Clapper
James Clapper 'very concerned' by proposed limits on NSA phone surveillance
July 23rd, 2013
08:50 PM ET
1 year ago

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

(CNN) - 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.

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Filed under: James Clapper • NSA
U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes
July 2nd, 2013
07:55 PM ET
1 year ago

U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes

(CNN) - James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has apologized to a Senate committee for giving members a "clearly erroneous" answer about U.S. surveillance programs this year.

In a June 21 letter to Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein that is just coming to light now, Clapper said he wanted to "set the record straight."

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Filed under: James Clapper
June 18th, 2013
05:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul: James Clapper was lying

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's director of national intelligence was flat-out lying when he told lawmakers in March the government wasn't collecting data on millions of Americans, Sen. Rand Paul asserted Tuesday.

The Kentucky Republican suggested intelligence chief James Clapper had lost all credibility in the wake of intelligence leaks showing information on phone calls and internet usage being collected by the National Security Agency,
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Filed under: James Clapper • NSA • Rand Paul
Senator: Remarks about Libya 'should be the final straw' for Clapper
March 10th, 2011
05:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Senator: Remarks about Libya 'should be the final straw' for Clapper

Washington (CNN) – Testimony by the director of national intelligence has prompted a leading Senate Republican to call for his resignation even as other senators expressed support.

In a statement, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, criticized James Clapper's statement, given during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, that Moammar Gadhafi's regime would "prevail" over the rebels in Libya.

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Filed under: James Clapper • Lindsey Graham
Pawlenty demands explanation from Obama's DNI
February 11th, 2011
06:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty demands explanation from Obama's DNI

Washington (CNN) - "If he doesn't have a good explanation he should go," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said of President Obama's Director of National Intelligence, in an exclusive interview with CNN Friday.

Pawlenty, a possible Republican presidential contender, was reacting to Director James Clapper's testimony before a House panel Thursday. Clapper described the Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood as "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam."
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Filed under: James Clapper • Tim Pawlenty
UK terror sweep was news to U.S. intelligence director - hours later
December 22nd, 2010
11:48 AM ET
4 years ago

UK terror sweep was news to U.S. intelligence director - hours later

Washington (CNN) - News of 12 terror-related arrests in Britain sped across the 24/7 cycle Monday. But the U.S. director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., somehow missed it.

In an interview that aired Tuesday but was taped on Monday, ABC's Diane Sawyer chatted with Clapper, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, and John Brennan, the president's assistant for homeland security and counter-terrorism.
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Filed under: James Clapper
August 20th, 2010
03:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Director of national intelligence names deputy to boost collaboration

Washington (CNN) - After just two weeks on the job, the nation's new intelligence chief has taken his first step toward further integrating the intelligence community.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced Friday that he is creating the position of deputy director for intelligence integration. In a written statement, Clapper said the new position is designed "to elevate information sharing and collaboration" between those who collect intelligence and those who analyze it.

Robert Cardillo, the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will assume the new position late next month, Clapper's statement said.

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Filed under: issues • James Clapper
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