National Security Archive: Spy Chief James Clapper Wins Rosemary Award

24 March 2014 — National Security Archive

Whopper to Congress Clinches Worst Open Government Performance of 2013

Prize Named for Nixon’s Secretary Cites U.S. Surveillance Establishment for Outrageous Secrecy

Team effort at National Security Agency, Justice Department National Security Division, FBI, and White House misled public, Congress, the Supreme Court, the wiretap court, and even each other

Spy chief’s lawyers swore under oath the text of the 4th Amendment was classified (TS-SCI)

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Tom Blanton, Director, National Security Archive – 202/994-7000
Nate Jones, Freedom of Information Coordinator – 202/994-7045
Posted – March 24, 2014

Washington, DC, March 24, 2014 — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has won the infamous Rosemary Award for worst open government performance in 2013, according to the citation published today by the National Security Archive at Despite heavy competition, Clapper’s “No, sir” lie to Senator Ron Wyden’s question: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” sealed his receipt of the dubious achievement award, which cites the vastly excessive secrecy of the entire U.S. surveillance establishment.

The Rosemary Award citation leads with what Clapper later called the “least untruthful” answer possible to congressional questions about the secret bulk collection of Americans’ phone call data. It further cites other Clapper claims later proved false, such as his 2012 statement that “we don’t hold data on U.S. citizens.” But the Award also recognizes Clapper’s fellow secrecy fetishists and enablers, including Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, the National Security Division lawyers at the Justice Department, and President Obama himself.

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