Thursday, June 13, 2013

A New Neocon Demand that Rand Paul Diss His Father's Views

Marc Thiessen, for the American Enterprise Institute, in an article titled, Edward Snowden, leaker of NSA documents, is a Ron Paul fan, writes:
How about Senator Paul? :
Since the leak, Rand Paul has declared the NSA’s activities an “astounding assault on the Constitution” and an “extraordinary invasion of privacy.”

He accused President Obama of having a worse “bent towards authoritarianism” than former President George W. Bush.

He has declared: “If the president and Congress would obey the Fourth Amendment we all swore to uphold, this new shocking revelation that the government is now spying on citizens’ phone data en masse would never have happened.”

He has introduced legislation to restrict the NSA activities, declaring: “The revelation that the NSA has secretly seized the call records of millions of Americans, without probable cause, represents an outrageous abuse of power and a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.”

He has blasted “these increasingly frequent violations of every American’s constitutional rights,” and promised: “I’m going to be seeing if I can challenge this at the Supreme Court level.”

Now Senator Paul needs to explain: does he support Edward Snowden’s actions? Does he support his arrest and prosecution? Does he consider Snowden a whistleblower or a criminal? A hero or a felon?

Snowden apparently embraces the Paul franchise. It’s up to Senator Paul to separate himself from Snowden’s embrace. Whether he does will be telling indeed.

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