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Rand Paul: NSA Spying 'Unconstitutional,' Can't Be Saved By More Oversight

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for congressional hearings on the National Security Agency's data collection on Sunday, while saying that much of the program is unconstitutional and likely can't be improved by oversight.


"You know, I think it would be better with more oversight, but there are some things they are doing that I fundamentally think are unconstitutional," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday." "Our founding fathers, when they wrote the Fourth Amendment, said a single warrant goes toward a specific individual and what you want to look for. ... The constitution doesn't allow for a single warrant to get a billion phone records. ... They basically, I believe, are looking at all of the cell phone calls in America every day."

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Garan's picture

All I can say, regarding the Obama Clip

The only thing that came to mind is, "the King Wears No Clothes".

He must think it is his duty to mAssage the mEssage.

great interview...

the title "can't be saved, with more oversite" is not there.
Kucinich was uneqivocal in his statement.. shut it down.
unless, and until...
we see THAT kind of language coming from the lips of serving congressmen and women...
we have a ways to go.
Kill it.
Die! Die! Die!

I am SO grateful to Rand; I also have a grammar comment

Rand's responses, overall, are powerful and persuasive. I am looking forward to helping fund his 2016 Presidential campaign (even though I believe my support of Ron in 2012 got me one of those illegal IRS persecutions...which I eventually got them to dismiss).

Here's the suggestion for improvement: At 6:15, I think it is, Rand is talking about the bulk (illegal) "warrants" the NSA supposedly got. He says (or it sure sound like it to me) "excetera, excetera". The word is actually ETCETERA (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/etcetera), with a leading and forcefully punched T (actually some references spell the phrase et cetera", giving the "t" clear emphasis). Some might consider this a petty point, and perhaps it is given the scope of this man's obvious intellect and ability to speak eloquently, and off the cuff, in public. But pronouncing the word correctly would make him come across as even more brilliant, imo, so hopefully someone will bring this minor suggestion for upgrade to his attention?

Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28

If we're going for accuracy here, it isn't one word, but two

et cetera.

It is a Latin phrase.

"et" means "and"

"cetera" means "other" or "the rest"

Thus the phrase means "and other" or "and the rest" (of)

LOL! Bam

Grammar police policed! I love it.


Thanks for the Latin/English lesson!


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Debbie's picture

Excellent, Rand!



The MSM...

...has been focusing on "abuses" of the system, or the lack of oversight, to distract people from the blatant unconstitutionality of the system itself.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Cyril's picture



"Ô not-so-inconspicuous..."

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I'm in the process of

I'm in the process of inventing a cell phone with a mechanical power off toggle switch that immediately cuts power to the entire phone when switched to the off position. The cell phone immediately starts powering up when switched to the on position. The soft on/off button can still be used to put the phone in standby mode.

Cyril's picture

Link to your beta testing program, please.

Link to your beta testing program, please.

And what's the discount for early adopters, btw?

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Garan's picture

Can you make it Patent-Free?


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For only stating the obvious.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

When officials take an ax to the prism devices

And dismantle the UTAH center for scrap, then I'll suspect they are serious.

Otherwise extortion will continue to flourish.

Free includes debt-free!