Here’s the Republican New Jersey Governor on the PATRIOT ACT:
“When Edward Snowden revealed our intelligence secrets to the world in 2013, civil liberties extremists seized that moment to advance their own narrow agenda,” Christie said.
“Let’s be clear,” he later added, “all these fears are exaggerated and ridiculous. When it comes to fighting terrorism our government is not the enemy, and we should not be listening to people like Edward Snowden.”
Let’s be clear. Snowden did not reveal any intelligence secrets — he revealed the existence of a secret NSA program to monitor just about every bit of metadata generated by just about every American, every day. That’s something which, as Americans, we must know about if we are to trust our government.
And speaking of “civil liberties extremists,” I wonder what Christie would have to say about the extremists who dumped tea into Boston Harbor and took up arms against their own King & Parliament.
Whatever his motives, I’d take a dozen Snowdens over one well-meaning Christie any day.