by John Hawkins | August 19, 2013 5:41 am
A lot of Republicans are holding their fire on Obama over his unconstitutional, creepy spying on the American people. However, Rand Paul is not one of those Republicans.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday called for a Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s top-secret surveillance programs, arguing that congressional hearings and new safeguards announced by President Obama might not be sufficient to ensure privacy rights.
“I think the constitutionality of these programs needs to be questioned, and there needs to be a Supreme Court decision that looks at whether what they are doing is constitutional or not,” Paul told “Fox News Sunday.”
The Washington Post reported this week that the NSA broke privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times per year, according to an internal audit revealed by former defense contractor Edward Snowden.
Paul blasted the administration in light of the revelation, saying President Obama “fundamentally misunderstands the constitutional separation of powers.”
“The checks and balances are supposed to come from independent branches of government,” Paul said. “So he thinks that if gets some lawyers together from the NSA, and they do a powerpoint presentation and tell him everything’s ok, that the NSA can police itself.”
He also accused the National Security Agency and White House of deliberately misleading Congress and the public about ongoing surveillance programs.
“They chose not to report the program, period,” Paul said. “They said they weren’t looking at any American data or any phone calls, and it turns out they’re looking at billions of phone calls every day.”
The Obama administration has spied and lied on the American people and it’s time to put a stop to it. If the Supreme Court won’t do it, Republicans in Congress should do whatever it takes to safeguard the privacy of the American people from an administration that has proven over and over again that it can’t be trusted.
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