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When The DNI Misleads The Senate

On Monday, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on recen

mcconnell200.jpg On Monday, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on recent changes to the FISA law, which the Bush administration has insisted were necessary to keep Americans safe.

Joe Lieberman asked whether the new law, passed shortly before the August recess, played a role in facilitating the arrest of terrorist suspects in German last week.

MCCONNELL: [The new FISA law] was passed, as you well know, and we’re very pleased with that. And we’re better prepared now to continue our mission; specifically Germany, significant contributions. It allowed us to see and understand all the connections with –

LIEBERMAN: The newly adopted law facilitated that during August?

MCCONNELL: Yes, sir, it did.

Unfortunately, that wasn't true; McConnell tried to deceive the Senate.

Isn’t it against the law to lie to Congress?

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