Ah, the inevitable misleading bullshit response from James Clapper to today's revelations
about the attempts to hack Tor is the usual doubletalk and propagranda
we've grown accustomed to from the confessed liar
. The short version is that they're just trying to "understand" Tor, because if they don't you'll probably die from terrorists.
The articles accurately point out that the Intelligence Community seeks to understand how these tools work and the kind of information being concealed.
However, the articles fail to make clear that the Intelligence Community’s interest in online anonymity services and other online communication and networking tools is based on the undeniable fact that these are the tools our adversaries use to communicate and coordinate attacks against the United States and our allies.
In other words: we decimate your privacy, because we care. Sorry, Clapper, we're just not feeling that caring spirit out here in the public. It sure seems like you're a creepy big brother, using any and all methods to distort this discussion and debate, while seeking to collect any and all information you can get your hands on "just because" it might possibly be useful someday -- and with little to no concern for how that impacts everyone else.