And this is why we can't let Intelligence set and police it's own agenda.
Alexander is clearly saying:
- It doesn't matter if we broke laws.
- It doesn't matter if we violated the Constitution.
- It doesn't matter if we lied.
All that matters is keeping secrets and avoiding consequences.
Brandeis advice was never more prophetic:
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding..
Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperilled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means — to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring terrible retribution.
If our nation of Constitution and Law is to survive, we can not ignore this danger:
- Clapper and Alexander have lied to Congress. They must be punished.
- The NSA' Bullrun program is one of many ways that the NSA has reduced the safety and security of the Nation. Bullrun must be terminated. The NSA must be re-educated and restrained.
- We must revoke the NSA's access to Secrecy until we can re-establish a basis of trust.