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From Senator Paul's Twitter page.
His expansive statement made on the floor of the United States Senate has tinges of tin foil hat paranoia, but the lion's share of it speaks directly to the core philosophy that I and many Americans have espoused since long before Osama bin Laden became a household name. The microcosm of Senator Paul's argument can be read in the following excerpt:
Now, some have said, well, if you have nothing to hide, why do you care?
Well, the thing is that it will not always be angels that are in charge of government. You have rules because you want to prevent the day that may occur when you get someone who takes over your government through elected office or otherwise who really is intent on using the tools of government to pry into your affairs, to snoop on what you're doing, to punish you for your political or religious beliefs.
That's why we don't ever want to let the law become so expansive. But the thing is you have to realize that you can still get terrorists. We get rapists and murderers every day by calling a judge. That's what I'm asking for.I said the same thing a decade ago when the PATRIOT Act was first discussed. Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft should have denounced the act and reassured us that it was an unnecessary over-reaction, but he didn't. It's rare that I enthusiastically endorse a position taken by Senator Paul, but this is one instance where I do not hesitate. I would urge anyone reading this to contact their senator and chastise them for not supporting Senator Paul's amendments.
Incidentally, Senator Paul is now on Twitter and can be followed or mentioned here.