On Friday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the Obama administration’s NSA surveillance policy. In a statement released to the press, he said that while Americans should “always be mindful of the need for government to have the tools necessary to keep Americans safe in a dangerous world,” the Obama administration has demonstrated “wanton disregard not only for Americans’ privacy, but for the truth.”
Cruz pointed out that the Obama administration was completely inconsistent in its characterization of the terrorist threat, repeatedly claiming that the enemy “is in retreat,” yet continues to push “what appears to be an unprecedented and intrusive surveillance system on private American citizens in the name of guarding against that enemy.”
Cruz continued, “Americans trusted President Obama when he came to office promising the most transparent administration in history. But that trust has been broken and the only way to earn it back is to tell the truth. That’s what Americans deserve. I will be working with my colleagues in the Senate who share my concerns to ensure that we have all the facts about these surveillance programs, and that our government is appropriately balancing concerns of national security with Americans’ personal liberties.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).