Arrest and Try James Clapper for Lying to Congress
  • Petitioned Eric H. Holder, Jr

This petition was delivered to:

Attorney General of the United States
Eric H. Holder, Jr
Majority Leader, United States Senate
Senator Harry Reid (Majority Leader, United States Senate)

Arrest and Try James Clapper for Lying to Congress

    1. Petition by

      Michael Jay


I want to believe in America.

But it’s getting hard to believe there is anything to believe in. It feels like chaos: The little people always have to toe the line, while those at the top always get a pass. Not one banker went to jail for defrauding millions of citizens in the great recession. No government official was prosecuted for spinning the lies about Iraq’s non-existent weapons.

But recent news presents a case that may not be able to be swept under the rug: an official at the the highest level, caught making a bold-faced lie. To Congress. Under oath. Regarding one of the pillars of the Constitution - our right to privacy.

Three months ago, the country’s Director of National Intelligence was asked by a U.S. senator whether the National Security Agency collects “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans” - and he flat-out lied. (See

The Director, James R. Clapper, Jr., said “No,” and that answer worked - until last week, when a whistleblower leaked the truth about the NSA’s massive surveillance programs, forcing Clapper to backpedal. He said he had misunderstood the question (That’s another lie; he’d been sent the question, in writing, the day before he appeared in Congress). He tried again, saying the government doesn’t read our emails. That’s a nice thought - but that wasn’t the question (Again: “Does the NSA collect any type of data...”). Finally, he said he had given “the least untruthful answer" - thus admitting he had lied under oath, to Senator Ron Wyden, to the entire Senate, and to all of America.

How long do you think you’d last if you were caught lying to Congress?

Let’s not let it be business-as-usual for those who abuse our trust. Let’s draw a line in the sand. Let’s insist that, for once, there be accountability. 

Please sign the petition (see below; sign at right) asking Harry Reid, the majority leader of the Senate, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, to arrest and try James Clapper for lying to Congress, and for perjury (lying under oath).

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    Reasons for signing

    • Margie Milutinovich MADISON, WI
      • 7 months ago

      He lied to congress = broke the law. Anyone else would be prosecuted. He said he didn't know why he did it and that is okay for him, try that the next time you get caught up in the kangaroo court we call the justice system in this country and see if that flies for won't! Prosecute this slimy bastard.

    • Mike Sherrill AUSTIN, TX
      • 9 months ago

      Our freedom is at stake.

    • Anthony Clarke PETALUMA, CA
      • 9 months ago

      The rule of law must be followed by those in power as well as the average citizen.

    • Adam Nichols PHOENIX, AZ
      • 9 months ago

      I hate lieing POS people that my tax dollars pay for

    • Matthew Stinis LAVAL, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Liars shouldn't run countries.


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