Is BIG BROTHER listening to you, compiling records of your phone conversations? Well sure they are and have been for quite some time. The Patriot Act signed post 9/11 and renewed in 2006 and again 2011 gave the government unprecedented ability to watch, listen and store data on anyone and everyone. So why now is there anger or surprise over this violation of our privacy?
“ The National Security Agency’s seizure and surveillance of virtually all of Verizon’s customers is an astounding assault on the Constitution” Rand Paul R-Kentucky
Senator Paul who fought to change the Patriot Act in May 2011 and introduced an amendment which was voted on and failed 85-10 seems as he understands governments broad reach is not good for America. Let’s not get too excited about Senator Paul protecting our freedom. Paul’s amendment was not about phone records it was about protecting the anonymity of the gun buyer, restricting governments ability to gain access to firearm receipts and also gun dealer records. Where was Rand Paul’s outrage over the government’s ability to track phone records then? Was he even aware this was part of the Patriot Act?
A few questions with the exception of the above quote we have no insight. To view Paul’s remark as a stand alone statement it would seem that his statement is merely political as there is no other statements from him on the subject. Perceived as a presidential candidate in 2016 we can assume he is taking a position with no risk. With Fox News and others suddenly concerned over the seizing of data where were they when the act was passed? Where was Paul’s or any other politician’s attempt to protect our liberties when the act was renewed again overwhelmingly?