Possible GOP candidate for president Peter King (R-NY) is no lover of the Constitution when it comes to dealing with terrorism, as we see in his recent interview with CNN where he called for more government surveillance of the Muslim community because “that’s where the threat comes from.”
He made the remarks in reaction to the shootings in Garland, TX over the weekend that occurred at the “Draw Muhammad” event hosted by Pamela Geller. ISIS is claiming responsibility for that attack, but that hasn’t been verified by U.S. authorities as of the time of this article.
In a display of clairvoyance that would make a carnival psychic jealous with envy, Rep. King stated that the attack was clearly “ISIS inspired” during his interview with CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer, and that America needed to take stronger steps to keep the country safe from more terror assaults.
“I do believe in having more surveillance of people in the Muslim community, because that’s where the threat comes from.”
As his interview with the Wolfe-man came to an end, Pete admitted that some of that surveillance could be considered unconstitutional, but that the FBI should nonetheless be given authority to carry out the spying.
Constitution? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!
Let me say right here that of course radical Islam is responsible for the overwhelming majority of the terrorism we are witnessing in American and around the world. But to advocate an openly unconstitutional program to deal with it, regardless of how well-intended it might be, is totally unacceptable — just as unacceptable as warrant-less NSA spying and the Patriot Act that King is completely head-over-heels in love with, but was recently ruled to be in violation of the law.
By the way, a large majority of Americans said in a recent poll that they favored using drones to kill Americans with terrorist ties. Maybe Rep. King should follow their lead and call for the creation of a “drone strike force” to deal with some of those suspects.
Government spying and drones? Imagine the possibilities.