That #patrioticlycorrect Republican Senator from Kentucky is at it again, as he lashes out at the federal government’s surveillance programs. Speaking at an awards ceremony on Wednesday for the Constitution Project, a Washington think tank he made the statement; “Our Founding Fathers would be mortified,” referencing specifically the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records from millions of Americans.
He continued taking an apparent poke at Arizona Sen. John McCain’s defense of the NSA’s surveillance program saying; “One unapologetic senator who I’ve had a few rounds with said, ‘If you’re not talking to terrorists, why are you worried?’” Paul said. “Have we fallen so low that is our standard? If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear? It’s a long way from innocent until proven guilty.”
The liberty-minded Kentucky Republican has made civil liberties an early focus of his presidential bid, and he’s making it widely known of his contentiousness toward the federal government’s surveillance programs. Many politico’s believe his opinions could play a very prominent role in the Republican presidential primary contest, as debates are starting to “sizzle” as Congress begins to hash over those Bush-era surveillance programs that have been carried over to the Obama administration.
This issue is among the many that is starting to divide the “herd” of Republican presidential hopefuls as Florida Governor Jeb Bush lavishes praises upon the Obama administration for its continued use of the “big metadata programs” used for the data mining of Americans private information, stating it is “a very important service.”
“There has been a continuation of a very important service,” Bush said. “The first obligation, I think, of our national government is to keep us safe. And the technologies that now can be applied to make that so, while protecting civil liberties, are there.” Bush continued during a radio interview on Tuesday.
Paul has made it “very” publicly known that he intends to enact an executive order to end such government surveillance programs on his first day in office should he win the presidency.