Rand Paul speaks out against government abuses of privacy, calls out Google to protect it more

Saturday, June 08, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Rand Paul, privacy, government abuse

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
(NaturalNews) You may not always agree with him, but one thing about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is that he is a consistent champion of individual rights, personal liberty and small government freedom.

These traits were on display once more in a recent interview with Wired magazine's Danger Room during a trip through Silicon Valley. The purpose of the swing through some of liberal-progressive California was to sit down and talk with executives from Google, Facebook and eBay about privacy in the Electronic Age, and how it's rapidly slipping away with each new tech advance - that, and the companies' collusion with the federal government to rob users of their right to privacy by sharing personal information with government agencies.

'We have the president thinking about civil liberties...'

In his interview, Paul staked out a number of liberty-minded positions that Americans of all political stripes and persuasions should embrace because they empower the individual over the nanny leviathan state's web of bureaucracy.

When asked what his March filibuster aimed at casting a critical eye on the federal government's potential use of armed drones against American citizens on U.S. soil might have accomplished, Paul was sanguine.

"We have the president thinking about civil liberties and actually responding and saying that he believes in due process. Now if we could just have a little tutorial on what due process is I think we'd be making real progress," he said.

Was he referencing President Obama's prior claim that Americans who have been accused of engaging in terrorist activities don't have to be formally arrested and charged?

"I just can't imagine that any kind of definition of due process wouldn't include a court or a jury or a lawyer, it would include only someone from a political branch of government. It almost seems to be absurd that someone would call that due process," he answered, clarifying that he was only talking about American civilians being targeted - "people fighting in wars or actively engaging in combat," American or otherwise.

Standing for liberty

Here is more of the interview:

Regarding President Obama's recent national security speech in mid-May in which he said drone use would be scaled back - "I was pleased that he responded to us. He talked about the idea and the need for due process. Disappointed, though, that a constitutional law professor thinks due process doesn't include a court, a trial, a jury or a lawyer. That concept of due process almost is meaningless. So I'm glad that he's trying but he needs to try a little harder."

On building a coalition of lawmakers interested in preserving civil liberties - "Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), I've worked with him on some of these issues, as well as Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). I think there are times we can get together. I've worked with Senator Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) on trying to fix the problem of government reading your emails after six months. As well as mandatory minimum sentencing. So I think there's evidence of a right-left coalition on some civil liberties issues."

On his message to e-commerce and social media companies like Facebook and eBay - "It's an exchange. As long as it's part of an exchange and they uphold your contract, I'm all for that. What I worry about is where the government comes in, through the Patriot Act, and says you can't be sued for giving [subscriber] information to the government. So my message to them will be to stand up and defend privacy. Ultimately, the people going after privacy are the government, and if people mistake Google for government, then we're in for a big problem."

On his future presidential aspirations, perhaps as early as 2016 - "I haven't made a decision on that and won't for about a year. But I think the Republican party needs to be bigger. One of the reasons I come to California is that the Republican party seems to have given up on California, and my message to those in California is that we're going to compete nationally as a party, and that includes California."

Sources for this article include:

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Rand Paul at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.