In a display of what it refers to as a new era of open goverment, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has now admitted to the House Intelligence Committee that it had been illegally keeping secrets and lying to Congress about its spying activities. No one should worry, though, said the spy agency, because all of the secrets it kept were very minor.
What was so minor about the secrets that the Director of National Intelligence kept from Congress? That matter could not be discussed, because it’s a classified secret, said the spy agency.
What were the secret programs that the Director of National Intelligence lied to Congress about? That matter could not be discussed. It’s a classified secret.
Can we be sure that the Director of National Intelligence isn’t keeping more secrets from Congress, and not just lying to Congress about its lies? That matter was not discussed by the House Intelligence Committee, but it could have been. The answer is no classified secret. It’s easy to be found by anyone who cares enough to question authority.
Postscript we can believe in: Barack Obama says that he’ll veto any legislation from Congress that attempts to gain more information about these secrets.