"If I had to pick the most astonishing aspect of this episode so far, it would be that everyone now knows that the Obama administration’s top national security official, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, outright lied to the Senate about NSA programs. And yet - as I said on ABC yesterday morning - not only isn’t he being prosecuted for that crime - as much of a crime as anything Edward Snowden is accused of doing - but he still has his job. That, of course, is because the “law” does not apply to high-level Washington officials and DC’s National Security State is an accountability-free zone. But the law that makes Clapper’s behavior a felony is clear and concise, and can be read here."
theguardian.com, Monday 29 July 2013 12.33 BST