James Clapper Still Trying To Distance Intelligence Community From The Bogus 'Foiled Plots' Metric He Came Up With
from the but-of-course dept
Clapper answered by saying "it's an important tool," but he also added that "simply using the metric of plots foiled is not necessarily a way to get at the value of the program."This is not the first time he's tried this. Last year, he started claiming that "peace of mind" was the better metric. Of course, that resulted in people pointing out that it would provide a lot more "peace of mind" if the NSA weren't collecting all of our information all the time.
But there's another issue here, which is that the only reason why Clapper has to now try to distance himself from is because he and Keith Alexander made it the metric by trotting out the whole bogus 54 "terrorist events foiled" line to defend the program -- only to see that number fall apart under scrutiny to the point that it showed the bulk metadata collection had basically stopped no US terrorist plots at all.
So, sure, Clapper wants to get away from that number now. But, perhaps he should have not brought it up in the first place in trying to defend the program...