The are no abuses of power in the National Defense Authorization Act, or the Patriot Act, or in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act courts, a Libertarian Party spokesman said. The fact that these laws were passed is the abuse.
“There are no ‘abuses’ of the NDAA — the NDAA is an abuse,” said Carla Howell, LP political director. “There are no abuses of the Patriot Act — the Patriot Act is an abuse. Voting for the Patriot Act or NDAA is an abuse. Leaving them on the books is an abuse.”
Howell said that every politician who voted for the Patriot Act, NDAA, CISPA, or FISA violated your Fourth Amendment rights, violated his or her oath of office to uphold the Constitution, and created the inevitable consequence of the massive surveillance programs we’re seeing today.
“There’s one and only one way to stop this abuse: Repeal every law that violates your Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Dismantle, unplug, and end all unneeded spy agencies and secret courts,” she said.
LP says end Yemen drone strikes
The Libertarian Party has also called for an immediate end to drone strikes in Yemen, which may be convincing Yemenis and other people in the Middle East that the U.S. government is the most dangerous terrorist.
“Yemenis perceive the U.S. drones strikes, which are killing peaceful citizens, to be acts of terrorism,” said Geoffrey J. Neale, chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “At least in some respects, they are.”
“While instilling fear among the Yemeni population at large may not be President Obama’s goal, it is well known that drone strikes terrify civilians,” said Neale. “His drone war in Yemen is blatant disregard for human life.”