Marco Rubio: Now's Not the Time to Limit NSA
Late on Sunday, USA Today published an op-ed from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is running for the Republican presidential nomination. Rubio insists in the op-ed that the U.S. remains vulnerable to terrorism and calls for holding off on rolling back the powers and the activites of the National Security Agencys (NSA) collecting of bulk data:
Today our nation faces a greater threat of terrorist attack than any time since Sept. 11, 2001. Because of the dedicated work of U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement personnel, Americans have been largely kept safe for almost 14 years. A major contributor to this success has been the development and use of counterterrorism tools such as those authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Patriot Act.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal government mobilized to defend the country and prevent further loss of innocent life. This included the NSA's collection of bulk telephone metadata.
Bulk metadata includes phone numbers, the time and duration of calls nothing else. No content of any phone calls is collected. The government is not listening to your phone calls or recording them unless you are a terrorist or talking to a terrorist outside the United States.
Despite recent court rulings, this program has not been found unconstitutional, and the courts have not ordered a halt to the program.
In fact, this program has been found legal and constitutional by at least 15 federal judges serving on the FISA Court on 35 occasions.
The op-ed can be read here.
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