Now that Rand Paul is imploding there are no prospective Republican nominees who will take his place to defend the Constitution and reign in Emperor Obama’s out of control NSA Stasi. On the contrary, there will be many candidates who will now resort to using the fear of terror to double down on the surveillance state powers that rose from the ruins of the World Trade Center only to be exploited and turned into a highly lucrative boom industry.
While Marco Rubio has already called for making the USA PATRIOT Act permanent – before it was replaced by the tepid crock of piss Freedom Act – and Chris Christie worships the authoritarian powers of the state, it is none other than the chosen one “Jeb!” who has now called for a vast expansion of the NSA. The rogue intelligence agency has long been operating with impunity to spy on, monitor and engage in the data-mining of millions of law-abiding Americans and that is just fine with Mr. Bush who like Obama and his brother before him, wants that power at his own disposal if elected president.
According to the Associated Press via Yahoo News “Jeb Bush: NSA needs broader powers to combat 'evildoers'”:
Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."
At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.
The former Florida governor said Congress should revisit its changes to the Patriot Act, and he dismissed concerns from civil libertarians who say the program violated citizens' constitutionally protected privacy rights.
"There's a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job," Bush said. "I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way."
Nobody has to my knowledge ever said that the feds shouldn’t go after those who are truly trying to plot to attack or harm Americans but the illegal practice of stockpiling telephone metadata (an indexing system), all internet activity including emails, social media activity, reading lists, personal and financial data and everything else that the NSA can scoop up without bothering to get a warrant takes a dump on everything that we are supposed to stand for. This is the type of raw power that Hitler or Stalin had at their command only without state of the art technology and it is what is going to put the final stake into the heart of what was once a free country - and guys like Jeb Bush will be pounding it in.
The establishment is desperate right now to fight off a mass uprising that could shake them to their roots and break up their corrupt political rackets. It is evident in the reaction to the rise of Donald Trump and to a lesser degree, Bernie Sanders that millions of folks have had enough of the lies, graft and bullshit. It is imperative to prevent the people from ever wresting control of the political system back from those who have hijacked it and like any totalitarian would, the key for it is the ability to spy on and target political dissenters. That’s what all of this is about, not about fighting “terrorism”, that is just something to sell to the suckers and the easily scared, there will always be a bogeymen that can be whipped out by the politicians.
If the establishment is really so concerned about the “terrorists” then why in the hell has the southern border been left wide open since September 11, 2001? That is the dead giveaway that the phony war on terror has been a crock of horseshit since day one.