Rand Paul Attacks Obama on NSA Spying: "Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon"


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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is speaking to students and faculty today at the University of California at Berkeley, famously known as one of the most left-wing campuses in the country. And as Jeremy W. Peters of The New York Times reports, Paul hopes to use that liberal climate to his advantage, effectively attacking President Obama from what we might call the libertarian-left over the issue of NSA spying on American citizens. Peters writes:

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, says President Obama should be particularly wary of domestic spying, given the government's history of eavesdropping on civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying," Mr. Paul said, previewing remarks he planned to deliver to a group of students and faculty members Wednesday afternoon at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were spied upon," he said. "The possibility for abuse in this is incredible. So I don't care if there's never been any evidence of abuse with the N.S.A., they should not be collecting the data."

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