For years, Paul and other civil libertarians in Congress (like Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and others) have been sounding the alarm about the unchecked growth of the police state. They’ve been particularly disturbed by the growing use of FISA courts and the unregulated spying of our digital communications. Now, the GOP has hard evidence of malfeasance at the FBI (and the IRS, and the NSA…) and suddenly they have become concerned with our civil liberties. (Though, they weren’t concerned enough to stop FISA from being reauthorized last week.)
Speaking to the media about the release of the FISA Abuse Memo, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) warned the media that the revelations contained inside could be shocking, and that there is a very real possibility that the FBI may have violated the civil liberties of American citizens.
First, there are legitimate questions about whether American civil liberties