The majority of Americans oppose it. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled it illegal. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act to stop it (the Senate is about to do the same). And if it reaches his desk, Obama is likely to sign it into law.
But when it comes to warrantless data collection of American phone records — that’s spying to you and me — Gutless On Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame member Governor Chris Christie thinks that concerns over the loss of civil liberties as a result of the NSA program are just “baloney.”
“When Edward Snowden revealed our intelligence secrets to the world in 2013, civil liberties extremists seized that moment to advance their own narrow agenda,” said Christie … “They want you to think of our intelligence community as the bad guys, straight out of the Bourne Identity or a Hollywood thriller. And they want you to think that if we weakened our capabilities, the rest of the world would love us more.”
Don’t you just love it when a progressive breaks out the Rules For Radicals playbook? Don’t want to debate an issue? Label the other side with something distasteful (civil liberties extremists), belittle their opinions (narrow agenda), then make a baseless and unprovable accusation (if we weaken our capabilities the rest of the world will love us more).
No, Mr. Christie. What this really has to do with is the Constitution, specifically the protection against unreasonable search and seizure as provided in the Fourth Amendment.
Chris Christie made these remarks during his third visit to the early primary state of New Hampshire as he tries to find a way to stop the bleeding with his plummeting poll numbers, an effort that isn’t likely to see much success. Particularly if he continues his assault on the Constitution and those who love this precious document.