The NSA was just a “small, but not insignificant” part of the NSA story, the former director of national intelligence told an audience in Singapore.
Posted September 29, 2018 06:18:53A former NSA director who left the agency in 2016 has told an American audience that his former agency did little to help US intelligence agencies investigate or catch terrorists.
The former director, James Clapper, said that the NSA had no “major impact” on the nation’s intelligence gathering capabilities and the agency was merely “a small, but very insignificant” player in the broader US intelligence ecosystem.
Clapper, a former general counsel to President Obama, said the US was a much more sophisticated and effective intelligence agency in the 1990s than it is today.
“We are much more successful than we were in the 90s,” Clapper told the American Bar Association’s National Association for Justice in a speech on Tuesday.
He went on to describe how US intelligence services had improved over time, including how they used social media and the internet.”
Our ability to understand and detect threats is much, much greater than it was then.”
He went on to describe how US intelligence services had improved over time, including how they used social media and the internet.
Claps hand in hand with the NSA director, NSA Director Keith Alexander, in Singapore during the American Association of Justice in Singapore, September 27, 2018.
Clappoints that the intelligence community has improved and that he now “can confidently say that the US is one of the world’s most successful intelligence communities”.
“We have been one of, if not the most successful, intelligence communities in the world,” Clapper said, according to an English translation provided by the US embassy.
“It is in no way a secret, but the fact that I can say this is the case, it’s very, very good news.”
The comments come as US President Donald Trump, who is often critical of intelligence agencies and the intelligence apparatus, has called for more “impartial” oversight of the intelligence agencies.
Clapping against Trump and Trump’s critics, Clapper on Tuesday said the intelligence services were not subject to the same rules of engagement and the government had the right to use the tools it needs to protect the nation.
“I think what you see is a lot of distrust of our intelligence community,” Clapper added.
“We have seen a number of people who have been highly respected for decades and decades, and their careers have been cut short because of this mistrust.”
“I do not think that the trust is healthy,” Clapper continued.
“I do think it is healthy for those of us who work for the intelligence communities to have the ability to work independently and be able to have oversight.”
Clapper said the country had also been “a bit more aggressive” in its domestic surveillance activities, including mass collection of data on people, which Clapper described as a “big, bad thing”.
“I am very happy with the level of our domestic surveillance,” Clapper admitted.
“But I do think that we need to be careful and vigilant.”
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source Business Wire title Clapper’s words are ‘an enormous embarrassment’ to US, former director says article By The Associated PressThe former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) said he was embarrassed by President Donald Donald Trump’s recent comments on the intelligence world, and that the White House should “stop making things up”.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, former NSA Director James Clapper said he did not believe Trump was telling the truth when he said intelligence agencies were “not subject to [the same] rules of conduct”.
Clapper is the first US official to make the comments about Trump’s comment, which he made during a speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Tuesday night.
Clappers comments come after Trump, a frequent critic of the CIA and the NSA, said on Wednesday that the United States had to stop relying on the agency because it is “so ineffective” and was “being abused”.
Trump’s remarks came as Trump said on Thursday he had confidence in the intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
“If I had to guess, I’d say that if I had the opportunity to put the CIA in charge of national security, I would do it,” Trump said at the National Press Club.
“They’re so ineffective.
They’re so badly handled.””
And I’m going to have confidence in them.
I’m not going to put them in charge.”
Trump’s comments come amid a bipartisan push by lawmakers and privacy advocates to investigate the NSA’s mass collection program.
The White House on Wednesday did not respond to a request for comment on Clapper’s comments.
In a speech last month to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Clapper described his agency as a small, yet “important” part.
“There are a number who think we should have a bigger role,” Clapper, who left NSA in December 2016, told the association.
“They think we’re just a small but not negligible part of our