Former Texas Rep. and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul says that an amendment voted down on the floor of the House last week would not have made much of a difference - even if it had survived a floor vote - to stop the NSA from spying on Americans. The amendment, from Republican Michigan Rep. Justin Amash - which was attached to the defense budget - called for the NSA's spying programs to be defunded.
"[W]e should be careful about believing that even if it had somehow miraculously survived the Senate vote and the President’s veto, it would have resulted in any significant change in how the Intelligence Community would behave toward Americans," Dr. Paul wrote in his weekly column. "The U.S. government has built the largest and most sophisticated spying apparatus in the history of the world."
The amendment from Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan Republican, would have prevented the spy agency from collecting phone metadata unless a reasonable suspicion that a target was involved in terrorism existed.
Dr. Paul does say that Amash’s amendment was an important move "to at least bring attention to what the US intelligence community has become: an incredibly powerful conglomeration of secret government agencies that seem to view Americans as the real threat."
He also said that he was not surprised by the leadership of both parties in the House voted for the continuation of a "police state."
"It is encouraging to see the large number of votes crossing party lines in favor of the Amash amendment," he added. "Let us hope that this will be a growing trend in the House — perhaps the promise that Congress may once again begin to take its duties and obligations seriously."
Source: Washington Times