Jim Rubens on Homeland Security
Our protection? The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court consisting of 11 judges. FISA court briefings, hearings and rulings are made in secret, predicated on a body of secret case law, and largely unavailable for review by the public. Over its entire 33-year existence, the FISA court has granted 33,942 warrants and issued only 11 denials.
Rubens paints himself as a pragmatist who can find solutions by reaching across the aisle. "I take tough issues and deliver them over the finish line," he said.
A: I favor the US having the world's strongest, most technologically-advanced military. I support military intervention only where US national security is at stake, Syria not being such a case. Given current and projected federal budget deficits, I oppose larger military budgets and favor elimination of all unneeded defense spending.
We cannot trust that this data will not be abused, because NSA grants access by tens of thousands of government employees and private contractors. Should I be elected to the U.S. Senate, I will speak out unabashedly against and work to defund and bar such constitutional breaches.
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