Rand Paul Supports Ending NSA Spying
Today, the United States government engages in the bulk collection of personal data from every American with a cell phone.
Yet, intelligence officials can’t point to even one terrorist attack that was foiled with this outrageous infringement on our liberty.
The Founders would be ashamed if they could see the massive growth of government that has taken place at the expense of our constitutional liberties.
YOU DON’T GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS WHEN YOU PICK UP A PHONE
I believe that every American has a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy which must be protected.
Simply put, the phone records of law-abiding Americans are none of the government’s business!
If the government has probable cause that an individual is a criminal or suspected terrorist, then they must first go to a judge and obtain a warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment.
Mr. Verizon, Mr. Sprint, and Mr. AT&T are not individuals and “general warrants” which authorize this dragnet surveillance on millions of Americans violate the very intent of the Fourth Amendment.
Simply owning a cell-phone does not mean you forfeit your constitutional rights.
From your phone records, the government can discern the most intimate details of your life — whether you smoke, whether or not you own a gun, go to church, gamble, what books you read, what magazines you read, whether you see a psychiatrist, or what medications you take.
This domestic NSA spying is simply not acceptable in a free society.
Yet, those who crave power over American citizens tell us its necessary to keep us safe while effectively admitting their spying schemes don’t even work.
We must remember that our rights are unlimited, unenumerated, and given to us by God.
Your rights are who you are, your rights are what you are, your rights are in your DNA – and the government can get over it.