Christie Is Right: Rand Paul’s Fearmongering on NSA Surveillance Is ‘Baloney’ (NRO, 5/20/15)

National Review

By Fred Fleitz

As Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul prepares to filibuster a House bill to extend a controversial NSA counterterrorism program, one of his prospective campaign opponents, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, slammed Paul this week (without naming him) in a major speech on national security.

Christie said in his typical blunt style:

“When Edward Snowden revealed our intelligence secrets to the world in 2013, civil-liberties extremists seized that moment to advance their own narrow agenda. They want you to think that there’s a government spook listening in every time you pick up the phone or Skype with your grandkids. They want you to think of our intelligence community as the bad guys, straight out of The Bourne Identity or a Hollywood thriller, and they want you to think that if we weakened our capabilities, the rest of the world would love us more. Let me be clear: All these fears are baloney. “Let’s be clear,” Christie added. “All these fears are exaggerated and ridiculous. When it comes to fighting terrorism, our government is not the enemy, and we should not be listening to people like Edward Snowden.”

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