Populist Clown Rand Paul “Big Brother Is Watching!”
Once again Rand Paul shows why a doctor should stick to medicinal endeavors and leave the lawyering to folks trained in the law. Even a newly minted paralegal has more knowledge of the law then Mr. Paul’s political rhetoric reflects. On the other hand, given Mr. Paul’s recent re-enactment of Jimmy Stewart’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” in his droning filibuster (pun intended!), one suspects (hopes?) Paul may be dumbing down his knowledge of the law to appeal to his base. In today’s episode of “Are You Smarter Then a Rock?,” we find Mr. Paul droning on (ha!) about the NSA leaks from American traitor Edward Snowden. (following block quotes credit Rand Paul “Big Brother Really Is Watching Us” Wall Street Journal 6/11/13)
These activities violate the Fourth Amendment, which says warrants must be specific—”particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” And what is the government doing with these records?
Answer: Protecting us from Islamic Jihadists who literally want to kill us.
What is objectionable is a system in which government has unlimited and privileged access to the details of our private affairs, and citizens are simply supposed to trust that there won’t be any abuse of power. This is an absurd expectation. Americans should trust the National Security Agency as much as they do the IRS and Justice Department.
We know the IRS and Justice Department have been up to “questionable” behavior to say the least. Paul would have us make the illogical leap that the NSA program is against our best interests? Forgive me, but I need a few more stepping stones to connect Paul’s dots. (“Connect the Dots”, I’m really trying to keep this simple for you-know-who!)
Monitoring the records of as many as a billion phone calls, as some news reports have suggested, is no modest invasion of privacy. It is an extraordinary invasion of privacy.
Actually, government monitoring phone records is no invasion of privacy at all. No American has any reasonable expectation of privacy in the phone records held by a third party, to wit, the phone company. I need not explain who the first and second parties are… Know what? Just in case you are a Paul supporter (Ron or Rand); first party is the caller (ie. you), second party is the person you call (ie. your friend), the third party is the phone company (ie. Verizon).
I also believe that trolling through millions of phone records hampers the legitimate protection of our security. The government sifts through mountains of data yet still didn’t notice, or did not notice enough, that one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was traveling to Chechnya. Perhaps instead of treating every American as a potential terror suspect the government should concentrate on more targeted analysis.
If one follows Mr. Paul’s purported logic, the NSA program failed to stop the Jihadist Boston Marathon attack, therefore the entire NSA program is useless and should be scrapped? If we applied this same logic to the gazillion illicit border crossings (see illegal immigration), we should then eliminate the entire border patrol? Should we disregard the dozens of Jihadi plots the NSA program has surely stymied?
The administration has responded to the public uproar by simply claiming that it is allowed to have unlimited access to all Americans’ private information.
The Obama administration has said no such thing. (Mark this date well, it is the first time your humble blogger is defending the Obama Administration!) If anyone can find where the Obama Administration said anything even close to Rand Paul’s ridiculous rant, please drop me a line.
Here is the relevant law in simplest terms (not to insult my usual visitors, keep in mind I am dumbing this down for the Rand groupies). You make a phone call via any phone call provider. While you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the content of that call (the conversation itself), there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in the fact of that call; the number called from/to, the duration of that call, the time and date of that call. Similarly, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy in anything you post on, transmit or look at on the internet.
I have previously written about “Paul’s twisting the current state of the law to suit his political rhetoric against the President.” See “Filibuster Silly Buster! Nothing More Pressing Right Now?” (OBS 3/8/13) Sen. Paul must stop taking advantage of his supporters’ ignorance of the law to heighten his political profile. Don’t give “Paulies” another excuse to be ignorant of anything, let alone how we fight Islamic Jihad within the actual confines of the Constitution! by “Grizzly Joe”
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