Speeches & Interviews

Speeches & Interviews

I want to thank Chairman Kean, Vice Chairman Hamilton, and the 9/11 Commissioners.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:48

DNI Clapper Keynote Address from GEOINT 2013

On April 15, 2014, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper delivered the keynote address at the GEOINT 2013 Symposium.
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, above, gave the UGA Charter Lecture on April 14, 2014.
I thought I should start by explaining to you why I’m here speaking to you, and why I wanted to be here to speak to you. It has to do with my own personal history, my own “journey,” I guess you might call it.
Public knowledge about the activities of government is essential to a free and democratic society, and so on his first full day in office President Obama, who has noted our “profound national commitment to ensuring an open government,” called upon the entire government to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.  Today I would like to talk to you about the challenges of reconciling that commitment with the secrecy necessary to conduct effective intelligence operations in defense of our national interests.
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