Article by FLN Staff.

Republicans are right to decry the abuse of the surveillance state since it’s been weaponized as a tool of the party in power to be wielded against the party out of power. In this situation, it’s good to hear libertarian sounds coming from GOP mouths, but where were they just weeks ago when it was time to reauthorize the powers of the FISA court and the NSA? Similarly, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., asked on Twitter: “My question: who made the decision to withhold evidence of FISA abuse until after Congress voted to renew FISA program?” As James Antle in the Washington Examiner pointed out, it’s just more situational libertarianism from D.C. politicians.

“While I applaud the release of this memo, I also call for Congress to take immediate action to help prevent such behavior in the future,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a statement. “It is imperative it starts by listening to Americans who have expressed outrage over its disregard for the Fourth Amendment and reexamining the powers it reauthorized right before we learned of the memo. Continuing to ignore the Constitution will only guarantee that others fall victim to government abusing it’s domestic surveillance powers.”

Here’s the takeaway: it’s nice that Republicans are so worried about their party being monitored by hostile partisans in the Deep State. But did they care when it was ordinary Americans having their Fourth Amendment rights shredded by seemingly unfettered surveillance? Antle concluded, “Consistency on these questions regardless of which party holds the White House sure seems to qualify one as a minority opinion in 2018. But maybe our politicians just didn’t get the memo.”

Image Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Rand Paul) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons