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Ron Paul: Obama NSA Reform Speech Is “Nonsense,” Public Can Defeat Politicians on Spying


RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul, interviewed this week on Fox Business, calls President Barack Obama’s mass spying reform speech “a lot of nonsense.” Paul proceeds to express that he is “hopeful and optimistic” that the American people, whose sentiment is shifting against of the mass spying program, will win against program defenders such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers, chairmen of the US Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees. Watch the interview here:


A poll released this week finds the shifting public opinion Paul mentions in the interview. Susan Page writes in USA Today:
Most Americans now disapprove of the NSA's sweeping collection of phone metadata, a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds, and they're inclined to think there aren't adequate limits in place to what the government can collect.

President Obama's announcement Friday of changes in the surveillance programs has done little to allay those concerns: By 73%-21%, those who paid attention to the speech say his proposals won't make much difference in protecting people's privacy.

The poll of 1,504 adults, taken Wednesday through Sunday, shows a public that is more receptive than before to the arguments made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. His leak of intelligence documents since last spring has fueled a global debate over the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans and spying on foreign leaders.

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