Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is in the extra-hot seat at the moment, what with the shocking news of the government dragnetting our phone calls and emails and Skype sessions, etc.
Calls for the President to deep-six the 72-year-old retired military officer are mounting. Clapper has not done well in trying to explain his apparent lie under oath at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last March. The exchange with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) went like this:
Wyden: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
Clapper: “No sir ... not wittingly.”
His subsequent justification of the answer, in an interview last Sunday with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, only made things worse: