Ned Lamont on Civil Rights
A: The President is acting as if he is above the law. The American Bar Association and most legal scholars say that what he did on those wiretaps in all probability illegal. And I think that those who break the law should be held accountable. First and foremost, if the Democrats take control of Congress again, we'll have some long overdue hearings to debate just that.
That doesn't mean that we don't need a process by which we can tap phones, by which we can go into email and get access when there's really due cause and when there's judicial approval. I don't think the FISA courts inhibit our ability to do that. But the President had no right, and the Justice Department had no right, and the NSA had no right to just unilaterally say, "We're going to go ahead and do this despite the clear rulings of the FISA courts."
A: There are some places where the government should butt out and leave people alone. And if two people are in love and want to get married, God bless 'em. I'm not advocating anything, but the government should know when it's overstepped its bounds. All this stuff about a constitutional amendment outlawing the right of gay people to get married--that's wrong. It's wrongheaded. We don't need those kinds of restrictions. I'd just tell government to step back.
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