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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rubio Gets It Wrong Again

How many issues can Marco Rubio be wrong on? Maybe one could overlook his signing off on "comprehensive immigration reform" as a rookie error. He followed up that lapse in what he would have everyone believe are his core principles by cosponsoring the Campus Accountability and Safety Act that  incentivizes the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights to to bring charges against innocent students by allowing the agency to keep any fines it may extract form the colleges and universities.
Rubio's latest folly is his call to permanently extend NSA mass surveillance. He wrote in a editorial for Fox News, "This year, a new Republican majority in both houses of Congress will have to extend current authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and I urge my colleagues to consider a permanent extension of the counterterrorism tools our intelligence community relies on to keep the American people safe"

Extension of the Patriot Act and the odious provision that allows the NSA to collect phone meta data on virtually all Americans may be one of the more contentious issues this congress will address. Rubio has parted company with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul together with sizeable portion of the GOP. Even Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, not exactly a libertarian firebrand, thinks it time to let the bill sunset.
"I voted for the Patriot Act, but also believed it was very important that there was the expiration of the Patriot Act and the provisions that would ensure that we as members of Congress could analyze it a few years down the road.. Is this not just what we intended, but is this working effectively?"
Rep Justin Amash was less restrained.
Democratic Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado out did Amash. He opined that Rubio should be placed under 24 hour surveillance by the intelligence community.
If Senator Rubio believes that millions of innocent Americans should be subject to intrusive and unconstitutional government surveillance, surely he would have no objections to the government monitoring his own actions and conversations,” said Rep. Polis. “Senator Rubio is asking for American technology companies to ‘cooperate with authorities,’ so I believe he will have no objection to authorities being given access to his electronic correspondence and metadata.  Maybe after his 2016 strategy documents are accidentally caught up in a government data grab, he’ll rethink the use of mass surveillance.”
He followed that up with a call for Rubio to voluntarily to release his own phone meta data. Rubio shouldn't have any shame in revealing everyone he calls (or who calls him), everyone he emails and every website he visits. Right? Who needs privacy?

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