This, of course, is probably the most important lie that American intelligence organizations have told us over the last several years, and they have told it to us over and over again. On March 12th of last year James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence was asked, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundred of millions of Americans?" Clapper replied, "Not wittingly." We now know that the NSA was collecting data from millions of American Verizon customers alone, not to mention users of every major telecommunications and social media service in the U.S. Of course, Clapper and the numerous intelligence officials who have told this lie before knew full well they were lying. In a recent interview Clapper said, "I thought, though in retrospect, I was asked a 'when are you going to ... stop beating your wife' kind of question, which is ... not answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no. So I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least truthful, manner by saying, 'No.'" Classy guy.