Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers to Combat ‘Evildoers’


Bush appeared to have no concern for those “civil libertarians” who are staunch believers in the Constitution, believers that Americans right to privacy is firmly rooted,  and this surveillance goes against the most basic of rights, the right to privacy.

“There’s a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job,” Bush said. “I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way.”

Bush also said the US should send more troops — he didn’t say how many — and equipment to Eastern European nations in response to Russia’s increasingly aggressive posture in the region. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin should know that his “adventurism” comes with “a price to pay.

Bush's comments come on the heels of the Republican debate and recent poll numbers, which have him running with a pack of several other Candidates, his comments are to help voters see his aggressive nature toward hard issues, to project himself as hawkish on defense.   Hoping to break himself upward numbers wise, right out of the middle of that pack.

In 2014, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent bipartisan agency, found the NSA's collection of phone records illegal.  A federal court of appeals held up the decision.  Bush then spoke about the other players who need to cooperate, the tech firms:

Bush also criticized private technology firms for using encryption to make it harder for their customers to be surveilled. “It makes it harder for the American government to do its job while protecting civil liberties to make sure evildoers aren’t in our midst,” he said.

Source: New York Post

Photo: Donkey Hotey on Flickr



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