In Plain English–We Spy On Americans!

James Clapper is director of national intelligence and one would assume that a person in such a key position would have some command of the English language. However, if one is engaged in the spy business then one must resort to spy language which is a combination of gobbled gook and what passes for how people speak when seeking to make certain that no one understands a word that is spoken. Mr. Clapper appeared before Congress and responded to questions as to whether or not American spy agencies spied on fellow Americans. We provide his exact words: “There have been queries using US persons identifiers of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targets non US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States.”

Let me take a crack at restating what he said in the English language. “We spied on Americans engaged in making a telephone call.” Last June, President Obama said: “When it comes to telephone calls nobody is listing to your phone calls.” Perhaps the president might attempt having a discussion with Mr. Clapper in which both speak the English tongue.