Cruz: Obama Admin Scandals Make It Difficult to Trust NSA
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said though he did not want to "rush to judgment" on the NSA's phone and Internet surveillance programs, there was still "cause for concern." He emphasized the Obama administration's actions have made it difficult to trust the National Security Agency when it says, "trust us."
Interviewed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on "Fox and Friends" on Monday, Cruz said the Obama administration's response to the revelations of the NSA's surveillance was yet another example of the Obama administration's "willingness to use the machinery of government to implement political and partisan ends" and "mislead the American public." He noted it was tough to just believe the NSA when the agency says, "trust us."
“Part of the problem is that we’ve seen a pattern from the Obama administration...whether it’s the IRS, whether it’s targeting journalists, whether it’s Benghazi...a willingness to use the machinery of government to implement political and partisan ends, and then to mislead the American people," he said. "Their conduct has not suggested they are trustworthy."
Cruz said he would not "rush to judgment" about the NSA programs until he found out more about "the contours of the programs," and said he, like most senators, had not been briefed on the surveillance programs before they came to light. Palin quipped that because Cruz was a freshman senator, "perhaps you didn't get the memo."
Cruz said the Constitution was designed to protect the American people from abuses of power and overreach by the federal government and that "it shouldn't be trust that protects our liberties, it should be our Constitution."
"You and I both know too much power in Washington is a dangerous thing," Cruz said, noting that the foundation of the country was the idea that, "we don't trust this administration or any administration."