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Rand Paul, Warning About Spying, Faults Obama
New York Times ^ | March 19, 2014 | by Jeremy W. Peters

Posted on 03/19/2014 8:01:45 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

BERKELEY, Calif. — Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, said Wednesday that President Obama should be particularly wary of domestic spying, given the government’s history of eavesdropping on civil rights leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., injecting the issue of race into the contentious debate over surveillance.

“I find it ironic that the first African-American president has without compunction allowed this vast exercise of raw power by the N.S.A.,” Mr. Paul said in an address at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause,” he said. “Now if President Obama were here, he would say he’s not J. Edgar Hoover, which is certainly true. But power must be restrained because no one knows who will next hold that power.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: election2016

1 posted on 03/19/2014 8:01:45 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I think he is right for raising these issues. I haven’t heard any other candidates talking about reining in the NSA.


2 posted on 03/19/2014 8:17:26 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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I think he is right for raising these issues. I haven’t heard any other candidates talking about reining in the NSA.

Then you weren't paying attention. Ted Cruz has been there on this issue all along:

Ted Cruz raises trust issue concerning Obama NSA snooping

Ted Cruz joins with Rand Paul in NSA fight with Chris Christie

Cruz calls on Obama to answer questions on IRS, NSA, Benghazi

Cruz: Focus our efforts squarely on those who are most likely to attack us and less on law-abiding Americans
3 posted on 03/19/2014 8:48:54 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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