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Senator Rand Paul Fighting for Liberty

Senator Rand Paul appeared on Fox News Sunday Morning with Chris Wallace to discuss a few issues that have recently cropped up, but one in particular caught our attention here at Eagle Rising. It has to do with Senator Paul’s continued fight against the overreaching powers of the federal government and particularly the NSA. He always seems to be trying to remind us that our freedom is worth fighting for!

And it’s a pain. But it’s a pain because we’re trying to protect people’s freedom. We’re trying to protect the Bill of Rights.

That’s what we’re fighting against terrorism to protect. So, we can’t give up the Bill of Rights in order to try to fight terrorism. You have to keep your privacy. You have to keep the Bill of Rights.

The part we’re focusing in on starts at about 7:25 into the video. (But the whole thing is pretty good and worth watching.)

 

WALLACE: We also learned this week, another revelation from Edward Snowden, that the NSA collects records on cell phones, 4 billion cell phone records outside the country every day. And that they can also track where those cell phones are so they can track where people are.

Big picture: how severely would you like to restrict the surveillance by the National Security Agency?

RandPaulFightPAUL: I would like to apply the Fourth Amendment to third-party records. I don’t think you give up your privacy when someone else holds your records. So, when I have a contract with a phone company, I think those are still my records. And you can look at them if you’re from the government if you ask a judge.

But the most important thing is, a warrant applies to one person. A warrant doesn’t apply to everyone in America. So, it’s absolutely against the spirit and the letter of the Fourth Amendment to say that a judge can write one warrant and you can get every phone call in America. That’s what’s happening.

I think it’s wrong. It goes against everything America stands for.

And I will help to fight that all the way to the Supreme Court. And we need the Supreme Court to re-examine privacy, the Fourth Amendment and our records.

WALLACE: So, you would ban, if you could, mass data mining — this kind of huge vacuum hovering up of information?

PAUL: I’m for going after terrorists with every tool we have. I’m not opposed to the NSA. I’m not opposed to spying. But I am in favor of the Fourth Amendment.

So, if we think someone’s a terrorist, you call a judge. You get a warrant. If that person’s called 100 people, you get 100 more warrants. If they’ve called 10,000 people, you got to get 10,000 individual warrants.

And it’s a pain. But it’s a pain because we’re trying to protect people’s freedom. We’re trying to protect the Bill of Rights.

That’s what we’re fighting against terrorism to protect. So, we can’t give up the Bill of Rights in order to try to fight terrorism. You have to keep your privacy. You have to keep the Bill of Rights.

Keep preaching the truth, Senator Paul. Hopefully we’ll begin to win more and more converts to the idea that liberty is more important than perceived safety. The government shouldn’t be allowed to vacuum up the data of innocent American citizens in some nebulous fight against terror.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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