Chris Christie on why he is for the NSA and why ‘libertarianism is dangerous’:
“I think what we as a country have to decide is: Do we have amnesia? Because I don’t,” he said. “And I remember what we felt like on Sept. 12, 2001.”
We don’t need more intel or agencies or snooping on American citizens. We need the government to do their jobs.
The Bush administration was DIRECTLY told by the CIA that there was a terrorist cell in the country and threats of attack were imminent. The intel was available early in 2001. 9/11 could have been prevented with government action. There was no NSA back then.
Consider the tragedy of the Boston Marathon. Russia warned us about the bombers, but the FBI and government agencies failed to share this information. The Boston police was not informed that the FBI had already launched an investigation into the brothers, nor were they aware that they just returned from a radical portion of Russia. This bombing also could have been prevented — with proper government communication and action.
The point is this: there’s no need for the the government to continue to take away our rights under the guise of safety. The government doesn’t need more intel, it needs to do their jobs correctly. And apparently it needs an HGTV star to come over and get them organized. Yet some want bigger government? If security agencies can’t even communicate to each other about dangerous terrorists in our midst, then an open ear on every phone call and a prying eye on every email won’t make America safe.
If Christie wants to sit across from people who lost loved ones on 9/11, I hope he doesn’t suffer amnesia. And I hope he doesn’t lie. Bad people wanted to harm us. But it was our government that failed. They knew. They didn’t act to prevent catastrophe. Is that what he’ll tell them?
So while we bemoan the rights issues of NSA snooping – and we are right to do so – perhaps lost in the shuffle is that government needs to clean up its ways and means of communicating before they start worrying about the emails and phone calls of American citizens. They can’t even properly use the intel they currently have.
Don’t fear the liberty, Chris Christie. Libertarianism seeks full discourse, full rights for every American. If you want to fear something, fear the ineptitude of a grandiose government that isn’t giving us a solid ROI.