Director of National Intelligence James Clapper isn’t the most popular guy in Washington these days. Support for reforming bulk surveillance continues to grow. More lawmakers are becoming convinced of the point of view of US Senator Ron Wyden: that Clapper lied to Congress when he denied that “any type of data at all” was being collected “on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” On Monday, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) and five other lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama saying Clapper should be fired. It’s unlikely that Clapper’s comments today at a hearing of the US Senate Intelligence Committee will quiet things down at all. Clapper reiterated his position that the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden are continuing to cause “profound damage” to the US security. “Snowden claims that he’s won and that his mission is accomplished,” said Clapper, according to a transcript of today’s hearing published by The Washington Post. “If that is so, I call on him and his accomplices to facilitate the return of the remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed, to prevent even more damage to US security…

The nation is less safe and its people less secure.”     

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