posted on Aug, 25 2013 @ 08:55 PM
reply to post by 727Sky
The obvious problem to me is there is a disconnect between what Americans consider lying and not being honest with what Politicians, and lawyers
consider lying and not being honest.
When I listened to this video, there is a question posed. The question was whether the NSA engages in collecting information about citizens. Now to
any American, the answer is clearly yes they do based on what we know now. But these "experts" trained in responding to questions without lying use
subterfuge and deception in their response. They cannot answer the question "Yes, why in fact we do collect information about every American" So
they skirt the issue entirely redirecting the question to what they do not do. For instance, "They do not listen to every phone call." That is a
true statement, but it doesn't address the question of whether information is being collected by the government. It is a lie, but in these peoples
minds they are not technically lying.
You see when most of us were young we were taught not to be deceptive in our answers, because its the same thing as a lie. Not being forthcoming in a
response to a question and only giving a partial answer to protect what information the other person seeks is lying.
If there was a piece of cake at your home when you were a kid, and you purposely cut off a corner of the cake and knocked it onto the floor and your
dog ate it. Then you proceeded to eat the rest of the cake. If your mom asked if you ate the cake, you could reply "The cake fell on the floor and
the dog ate it" and thus give the impression that you never ate the cake. However, while a truthful response it is a lie, because it avoids the
question posed to create a different impression of the truth. Think also of the Clinton response to congress when asked if he had sexual relations
with Monica Lewynski. Clinton asked for the definition of "sexual relations" which did not mention oral sex, and then proceeded to answer the
Unfortunately, we have accepted as a culture that lying in this manner is acceptable. To change this we must change the definition of what the people
of this country consider a lie from public officials.