Senator Rand Paul Gets Standing Ovation at Berkeley Forum

When the Daily Caller and the San Francisco Gate report a positive in the same story, it doesn't mean that the apocalypse is in full swing; it generally means that something particularly interesting and possibly good has occurred.

According to both of those publications, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), received a standing ovation for remarks delivered at the Berkeley Forum on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley last night. The Libertarian Republican used his time in front of the 400 or so students that attended the event last night to talk about the how young people's right to privacy is currently under attack by overblown government surveillance of the internet and mobile phones.

"Your right to privacy is under assault," he told the crowd made up of mostly liberal students.

"I am here to tell you that if you own a cell phone, you’re under surveillance," he added.

Senator Paul also discussed a recent speech by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein on the Senate floor, in which she claimed that the CIA had spied on her congressional staff. Paul vowed that he would push hard for a special committee on Capitol Hill to investigate the domestic spying by government agencies.

"No one should be allowed to invade your privacy," Paul said. "That’s why I’m announcing today that when I return to Washington, I will push for a select committee styled after the Church Committee that investigated the abuses of power of the intelligence committee in the 70s. It should be bipartisan. It should be independent, and wide reaching. It should have full power to investigate and reform those who spy on us in the name of protecting us."

"It should watch the watchers," he added.

Senator Paul also said that the Republican party must change if it wants to win elections. He compared it to Dominos pizza, who admitted that its pizza was not up to par and made changes to it to bring in more customers.

Paul has been a vocal opponent of the NSA's vast surveillance program ever since it was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Paul is expected to run for the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016. Paul received an overwhelmingly positive response at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this month as well talking about the same issues.

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    MechaCrash says:

    Of course not, because instead of being an assault on your freedom and invasion of your privacy, this would just be another vital tool in the endless war on terror, and anybody who complained would be a terrorist-sympahtizing traitor.

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    Longjocks says:

    That idiot makes a pretty speech and he gets a standing ovation? Parents, if your kids are considering Berkeley as an option, you may want to have them reconsider.

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