We certainly could not have Ron Paul in Congress forever to remind us what liberty really looks like, but having his son, Rand, follow him is as good as it gets.
Both Pauls stand strongly for constitution limitations on the power of government, for constraints on foreign military interventions, and for sound money – all principles we could embrace to a much greater degree. While Rand’s approach is different from his father’s, much of what we admired in Ron continues to impact our nation in the form of his son’s work in the Senate.
The developing scandal involving former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice has become a focus of Senator Paul’s attention. Specifically, he is calling for her to testify over what she may have done regarding the surveillance of Trump officials in the months leading up to his inauguration.
In fact, “GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he believes former National Security Advisor Susan Rice should testify before Congress on her request to unmask the names of Trump transition officials collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.”
This whole matter of “routine intelligence-gathering” is troublesome in the first place. Why is the government conducting “routine” surveillance activities that we are to believe just so happened to scoop up conversations by the Trump team? It would be interesting to learn what Ms. Rice would have to say about that.
Senator Paul continues, “‘If it is allowed, we shouldn’t be allowing it, but I don’t think should just discount how big a deal it is that Susan Rice was looking at these,’ he told reporters Monday. ‘And she needs to be asked, “Did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama?” I think she should testify under oath on this.'”
The system as it appears to be in place is a perfect setup for gathering information for the use in blackmailing or humiliating opponents. All of us discuss things that are perfectly legal but that we’d prefer remain private. When those in government or any organization can access that information, they can have a lot of power over their targets.
Adding another layer of protection is a great idea. Senator Paul “said he believes there should be two individuals at the top of the agency to allow for identities to be unmasked. Paul noted the process is indiscriminate, noting the United States previously captured every phone call in Italy for a month.”
Why the government would capture every phone call in Italy remains a mystery, but there is no mystery that the government has data collection capabilities that are dangerous if misused. Adding additional safety measures is wise. And putting Ms. Rice under oath before Congress would be an excellent way to start demonstrating that government officials will be held accountable for the abuse of the powers they possess.
Source: The Daily Caller