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Thanks, John McCain

And Lindsey too:

You make the world

So good for You.


Government Over-reach

Dear _____:

You might’ve seen this week that the U.S. Department of Justice is trying force Apple to crack an encrypted iPhone used by one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, Calif.

I’ve seen politicians everywhere commenting on this and too many are on the side of the government, demanding Apple complies.

This should be a surprise to no one — but I do not think the tech giant should be forced to crack an encrypted phone for anyone. 

Really, it’s extraordinary government overreach to even ask.

This court order is asking Apple to devise a way into the phone when no such system exists currently. Apple would be forced create a whole new way into their phones – on their own dime – to comply with this order.

Basically, Apple is compelled to become part of the police force and think up something new to help the government.

How is this a real conversation? Just think of the implications of these demands.

We’re allowing the government to demand private companies to give up our private data — and not only that, we’re giving the government the power to force a company to invest in the technology to weaken the security of our devices.

This is a bad idea and I will not stand for it.

I think we ought to think twice before we decide we’re going to be compelling phone companies to come up with things like this, don’t you?

One of the main reasons things are encrypted is so people can’t steal your stuff. Weakening the codeware, like the government is asking Apple to do, creates a backdoor into the phone would make more people vulnerable to attack by hackers and thieves.

I do not believe that every American with a cell phone should be subject to this security risk on the off chance the police may want the information someday.

These are the kinds of laws and warrants I’ll continue to fight in Washington if you can help me make sure I’m re-elected to the Senate this November.

There are too many in this country who want us to give up our liberty and say, ‘We can’t catch any terrorists without you giving up your liberty, without you giving up your privacy,’ these are people who have a history of not being honest.

We know these programs are abused. We know they are a violation of the Constitution. And we know they don’t even work to keep us safe.

Not a single terrorist attack has been prevented through the collection of our private data.

I really think if we continue to give up on who we are, on our Constitution, the terrorists win.

If we give up on our privacy and we violate the Bill of Rights just for simple expediency and for a false promise of security — we are lost.

I don’t want that.

I will continue to stand for policies that actually improve the safety of our nation, without sacrificing the liberty of our citizens.

Stand with me today.

In Liberty,

Rand Paul

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope … And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring these ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance .” ~ Robert F. Kennedy