Do we really want a Republican candidate that agrees with Obama?
As Sunday’s midnight deadline for renewal of key provisions of the controversial Patriot Act approached, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Senator Rand Paul was “wrong” in his efforts to end post-9/11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists.
Paul said on Saturday that he would force the expiration of what he called an “illegal spy programme”.
Speaking at a Tennessee Republican Party fundraiser on Saturday, Bush – unlike Paul, who has declared his campaign for the White House, still only a presumed GOP presidential candidate in 2016 – called for the reauthorisation of the Patriot Act that was enacted under the presidency of his brother, George W Bush.
“What I admire most about my brother was he kept us safe,” said Bush, the son of President George HW Bush. “And I believe people will respect him for a long time because of that.”
Without action by midnight on Sunday, a number of tools that permit law enforcement to pursue and investigate suspected terrorists will expire. On Saturday, President Barack Obama called for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, a bill that reforms surveillance powers granted to the National Security Agency (NSA).
“This is a matter of national security,” Obama said, in his weekly address. “We shouldn’t surrender the tools that help keep us safe. It would be irresponsible. It would be reckless.”
Read more: theguardian.com