Paul: Christie Needs a New Dictionary
Sen. Rand Paul's office shot back at criticism from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the government's sweeping surveillance operations. Christie had said Paul's concerns over NSA spying and the government's use of drones was "esoteric." A top advisor to Paul said Christie needs to get a new dictionary.
"If Governor Christie believes the constitutional rights and the privacy of all Americans is "esoteric", he either needs a new dictionary,or he needs to talk to more Americans because a great number of them are concerned about the dramatic overreach of our government in recent years," Doug Stafford, Senior Advisor to Sen. Paul said in a statement provided to Breitbart News.
"Defending America and fighting terrorism is the concern of all Americans, especially Senator Paul," Stafford continued. "But it can and must be done in keeping with our constitution and while protecting the freedoms that make America exceptional."
"In the words of the Governor's favorite lyricist, 'You know that flag flying over the courthouse, Means certain things are set in stone. Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't.'"
Christie recklessly said that those who oppose the government's broad surveillance of all Americans should talk to widows and orphans from the 9-11 attacks. Christie's implication is that keeping track of every cell phone call and every internet interaction by average citizens would prevent another tragedy like 9-11. Maybe it would. With the steep cost of our privacy, though, what would be the point?