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February 12th, 2014
01:46 PM ET

Rand Paul: Stop the NSA while we still can

Editor's note: Rand Paul is a Republican senator representing Kentucky. Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks. Ken Cuccinelli is former attorney general of Virginia and a former Republican candidate for governor. Paul will be on Erin Burnett Out Front Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET .

(CNN) - The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.

This is the beginning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and defines one of the most important rights we have against a potentially tyrannical government.

Throughout history, governments have used the confiscation of private property, as well as bullying and surveillance techniques, to keep populations under control and maintain a continuous threat against those who would dare criticize them.

The explicit enshrinement of the right to be left alone is one of the crucial features that has defined America as such a unique and moral nation.

In recent years, however, this right, like so many others, has come under attack by the overzealous powers that be in Washington, eager to sacrifice liberty in the name of security, and using fear as a weapon to make us forget the importance of being free.

In 2013, the revelation that the National Security Agency was collecting and storing the metadata from the phone calls and e-mails of millions of American citizens - without any suspicion of criminal activity - served as a striking wake-up call for the country.

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  1. Political Atheist

    Boy, the Neo-Brown Shirts are really out and whining in full force today. Pretty obvious none of you majored in history. You should be wary of the Nanny State. THey can give just as much as they can take away.

    February 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  2. Terry Wickwire

    The circus in DC opens a new act, and another attack on President Obama. The statute of limitations isn't up on GW, who used the NSA spy network with no checks and balances whatsoever. No courts, no Edward S., and the hierarchy used the technology without impunity. I'm sure Rand wants to make an issue out of it, but frankly the war against the government by the Right is getting to be a historical warning. If you want to lose our form of government, keep starting wars against the President, keep disrespecting the office, and Republicans will suffer at the hands of voters.

    February 13, 2014 at 12:38 am | Reply
  3. janemarion

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz .......
    Two hacks out to make a name for themselves in teaparty circles.
    They both look like fools with their gimmicks.
    Surely someone out there in Kentucky needs their eyes checked....Off you go Mr Paul, do some good and check some eyes.

    February 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  4. John Saseen

    This guy, Rand Paul, is so starved for attention that he will say anything, or more likely plagiarize anything, to get his face on and name in the news. In reality, Rand Paul is a selfish and attention seeking neophyte who is still trying to get out of his father's shadow. His father has some very kooky ideas. The son is his father's idiot child trying to impress a new generation. He, Rand Paul, is nothing but a proven con artist. He lied about his medical certification, He plagiarized most of his ideas from others, and is a tea party politician who is only seeking self aggrandizement and political power for himself while not caring one bit for the good of the American people.

    February 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Reply

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