By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
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The director of national intelligence said Thursday he does not like being asked questions in public about the activities he oversees, telling lawmakers his efforts to avoid spilling secrets sometimes make him look as if he has something to hide.
Democrats pushed back Sunday against criticism of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice for her comments about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, saying Republicans are wasting time and using Mrs. Rice as a scapegoat.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that Obama administration political appointees removed references to al Qaeda-linked groups from intelligence agencies' accounts of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Investigators looking for lessons from the fatal terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi might want to start on Capitol Hill, where Congress slashed spending on diplomatic security and U.S. embassy construction over the past two years.
Equipment made by China's two leading telecom companies and used in many global communication networks has unusual and unexplained features which could expose them to cyberattack, including by Chinese intelligence agencies, congressional leaders said Thursday.
"If we're going to maintain public trust and not breed public mistrust, it is very important, I argue extremely important, that they have the opportunity to have a public interaction with the agencies of which they support not only with their hearts but with their wallets," Mr. Rogers said. "But I will note for the record that you were dragged kicking and screaming to the committee today."
Rep. Michael Rogers, Michigan Republican and committee chairman, said he was "disappointed" that Mr. Clapper chose to raise the issue.