Just a few days ago, the world found out that the Obama Administration had been spying on foreign dignitaries – even though President Obama had announced a curtailing of surveillance programs. Rand Paul argues that this behavior not only damages public opinion, but also puts congressional progress in peril.
It wasn’t just foreign leaders (including allies like Israel’s Prime Minister) who were being monitored by the NSA (National Security Administration), but also their interactions with private interest groups in the US and members of congress.
Rand Paul says he is “appalled” by the NSA’s behavior and hopes that surveillance will be a topic of discussion during the upcoming GOP presidential debate on January 14th.
The country has been focused on increased surveillance since the San Bernardino shooting. Paul argues that what we need is “more targeted surveillance,” not surveillance of more Americans. “I’m not against surveillance, but I am against indiscriminate surveillance,” he says.
“It’s a real invasion of our privacy,” he continues. “You can see how we stifle speech if you’re going to eavesdrop on congressmen, and that it might stifle what they say or who they communicate with. And this is a big, big problem. And it’s not a new one, but we absolutely need more controls over the NSA and more controls on our intelligence agencies.”
“I am concerned about fairness. At the very last minute, with only three weeks to go, what kind of message do you think it tells the public that basically the media gets to choose who the candidates are that will be considered?” asks Paul.