(June 10, 2013) - Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul appeared on CNN tonight to tell Piers Morgan why he objects to the NSA surveillance progr...
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Former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said that defenders of the U.S. government’s spying programs are “justifying dictatorship.”
“What is the penalty for people who deliberately destroy the Constitution and rationalize and say, ‘Oh, we have to do it for security.’ Well, frankly, you end up losing–you lose your security and you lose your freedoms too,” he made the remarks in an interview with CNN on Monday.
“When you have a dictatorship or an authoritarian government, truth becomes treasonous and this is what they do if you are a whistle blower or you’re trying to tell the American people our country is destroying our rule of law or destroying our constitution, they turn it on and they say oh, you’re committing treason,” Paul said.
The National Security Agency was collecting records of millions of American customers of Verizon under a secret court order issued in April, followed by news that the NSA was also pulling private data “directly from the servers” of major U.S. service providers.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden admitted leaking of information about a vast U.S. government surveillance program.
Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul also praised Snowden for bringing transparency to the Obama administration.
“We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk,” Paul said in a statement on the website of Campaign for Liberty.
“They have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret.”
“The government does not need to know more about what we are doing. We need to know more about what the government is doing,” Paul said.
“The Fourth Amendment is clear; we should be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects, and all warrants must have probable cause. Today the government operates largely in secret, while seeking to know everything about our private lives – without probable cause and without a warrant,” he added.
Except RP is about 100 times as coherent as AJ, and doesn't just blub and spit rage at PM.
LOL Ron was on an AJ ;)!
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