This past Tuesday, Jeb Bush claimed that government should have broader surveillance powers, and that NSA spying is a necessity for America.
At a national security forum in South Carolina, Bush openly supported unconstitutional spying and spoke out against the vote which, earlier this year, ended the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records.
The former Florida governor supported a possible restoration of the Patriot Act saying, “there’s a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job, I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way.” (source)
Bush also claimed that he found “no evidence” of mass data collection programs violating civil liberties, “I’ve found not one case”, he remarked.
That he could blatantly lie to the American people and so easily dismiss the constitution is, quite frankly, scary. Here’s what the 4th amendment says:
the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation
What probable cause did the agency have to search through our private information?
Also, how many terrorists has the NSA cought since its inception?
Jeb Bush openly supports an unconstitutional, un-American, violation of our privacy. I applaud senator Rand Paul for fighting tyranny and forcing a dynamic change to the Patriot Act. Federal government agencies have absolutely no right to search through our records unless they can attain a probable cause to do so. In addition, they require a warrant to search through our information. Secret courts were a clever attempt at subverting the 4th amendment, but government still lacked probable cause.
Furthermore, NSA spying was an enormous financial burden, which wasted time and money harassing innocent individuals while capturing no actual criminals.
Government attempted to gain total control of the population under the guise of “national security” while ripping the constitution to shreds in the process. At Tuesday’s national security forum, Jeb Bush showed not only his lack of concern for our civil liberties, but also his complete disdain for the Bill of Rights. He once again revealed himself to be nothing more than an establishment puppet determined to transform America into an Orwellian police state.
Hey Jeb, want to spy on me? GET A WARRANT~!