Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio: Surveillance Now, Surveillance Tomorrow, Surveillance Forever!

Possible presidential candidate wants NSA mass data gathering made permanent.

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Locking down that crucial support from Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Credit: Gage Skidmore / photo on flickr

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) looks like he wants to lock down the "fear" vote for a possible run for president. In a commentary for Fox News this week, he complains that America is not interventionist enough in the fight against terrorism and must keep up the National Security Agency (NSA) domestic surveillance forever and ever:

The U.S. government should implore American technology companies to cooperate with authorities so that we can better track terrorist activity and monitor terrorist communications as we face the increasing challenge of homegrown terrorists radicalized by little more than what they see on the Internet.  

This year, a new Republican majority in both houses of Congress will have to extend current authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and I urge my colleagues to consider a permanent extension of the counterterrorism tools our intelligence community relies on to keep the American people safe.

National Journal notes that this stance would separate Rubio in the Republican primaries from Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Kentucky). Both are in favor of some level of NSA surveillance reform:

Cruz was one of only four Republicans to join with Democrats in November in voting to pass the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would have reformed several aspects of the NSA spying regime and would have barred the government from dragnet collection of Americans' phone records. Rubio voted against the measure, and so did Paul—though for divergent reasons. While Rubio warned that the bill could hamper intelligence agencies and bolster terrorists, Paul voted it down because he said it did not go far enough.

Libertarian-leaning Republican Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) bluntly tweeted "Disqualifed" in response to Rubio's suggestion, presumably commenting on Rubio as a potential primary candidate. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.), also a critic of the surveillance state, responded with a call for around-the-clock monitoring of Rubio.

"If Senator Rubio believes that millions of innocent Americans should be subject to intrusive and unconstitutional government surveillance, surely he would have no objections to the government monitoring his own actions and conversations," Polis said in a press release. "Senator Rubio is asking for American technology companies to 'cooperate with authorities,' so I believe he will have no objection to authorities being given access to his electronic correspondence and metadata.  Maybe after his 2016 strategy documents are accidentally caught up in a government data grab, he'll rethink the use of mass surveillance."

Meanwhile, it looks like some Koch donors actually like the cut of Rubio's jib, giving him preference over four other likely GOP presidential candidates.

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  1. I don’t get why anyone with libertarian leanings would favor Rubio when there are much better options in the race. Paul, obviously, but even Cruz or Walker would be seemingly more in the limited government camp than Rubio.

    1. Because for some people “libertarian leaning” begin and end with open borders.

      1. Right now, my principal concern is fixing the domestic issues–economic and political. Not that foreign policy isn’t important, too.

      2. A bizarre choice of comment given that Rubio is not an open-borders advocate in the slightest.

    2. Rubio is the new Castro.

    3. You seem to confuse “libertarian leaning” with “limited government? Paul and Cruz are EXTREME social conservatives who follow the far right posturing of Faux Federalism.

  2. Rubio is an idiot.

  3. Okay, so is Koch pronounced “cock” or “coke”? In my head I say cock.

    1. coke.

      1. This blew my mind the first time I heard it. I’d been pronouncing it “cotch” for years.

        1. There’s always the German way which would be something like “kawkh”. But yeah, it will always be “cotch” for me.

      2. Thanks.

    2. If you don’t know then you’re obviously not on the payroll. *adjusts monocle*

      1. I wish, then I wouldn’t have to work so hard.

      2. “If you don’t know then you’re obviously not on the payroll. *adjusts monocle*”

        Stop drawing attention, him asking questions like that about the Koch’s is the mark of a ruse you know.

    3. I’ve heard it pronounced “coke”, “cook”, and “cotch” by different people who actually had it as their name. Don’t recall ever hearing someone pronounce their own name “cock”.

    4. Der Koch means the “cook” or the “chef.”

      Here is a link to the Leo English-German dictionary.

      http://dict.leo.org/ende/index…..wSingle=on

      Klick the circled triangle to hear the German pronunciation. The “Ko-” sounds very much like the English “co-” in cock but the “-ch” is guttural.

  4. “To keep shit safe you have to go gung ho, bro,” said Rubio the Rooter.

  5. Well, add another reason never to vote for Marco Rubio.

    /And, no, immigration reform isn’t the reason I’d never vote for him. His support for McCaskill’s bill to revoke due process for male college students is.

    1. Immigration is probably very far down the list of reasons not to vote for Marco Rubio.

    2. /And, no, immigration reform isn’t the reason I’d never vote for him. His support for McCaskill’s bill to revoke due process for male college students is.

      Then I assume you equally oppose Ron Paul’s far more egregious attempt to forbid any constitutional challenges to DOMA — where I cannot recall any other attempt to deny the defense of constitutional rights since Emancipation or more recent bigoted version of States Rights.

      McCaskill’s bill struck me as unconstitutional as banning gay marriage, which states have no jurisdiction to do.

  6. So he’s a Cuban that hates communist Cuba and wants a fascist U.S.A ?

    1. Well they’re complete opposites amirite?!

      1. It’s a circle when you go far enough in either direction…

  7. Fuck off today, fuck off tomorrow, fuck off forever, slaver!

  8. It’s official: Republicans want us to be watched over 24/7/365. #hideyourkidshideyourwife

  9. …the increasing challenge of homegrown terrorists radicalized by little more than what they see on the Internet.

    WTF is he babbling baout? “Homegrown terrorists radicalized by … the internet?” Does he mean like, people who see Snowden’s leaks and are “radicalized” in a liberatarian direction? Afterall, anyone who self identifies as libertarian is clearly a radical domestic terrorist. I mean, what could be more terrifying for a statist asshat like Rubio than people thinking the government should be limited?

  10. “Wait, there’s a fifth amendment?”

    -Marco Rubio

  11. Meanwhile, it looks like some Koch donors actually like the cut of Rubio’s jib, giving him preference over four other likely GOP presidential candidates.

    KOCHTAPUSSSS!!11!1111!!!!

    I suspect they probably think that Rubio is the most likely to keep the cronyist cash coming their way if elected.

  12. Fuck you, Marco. Fuck you very much.

  13. This guy can’t stop screwing himself. He is already on-board with a bill to essentially make H-1Bs unlimited. Everybody is abandoning this moron in droves.

  14. Anything Democrats say with regard to a Republican’s stance on any issue can be assumed to be mostly political and can be discounted. (The reverse is also true, of course.)

  15. Perhaps if the NSA focused on only the people they suspect of being terrorists they could actually find and eliminate the threat

    1. The problem, of course, is that they suspect us all.

    2. And, of course, the NSA is utterly incapable of limiting its activities to suspected terrorists.

      They conspire, on what I am sure is a widespread basis, with law enforcement to violate the Constitution on purely criminal investigations that have no connection to terrorism whatsoever.

      They have a hammer, a really big one. Its only natural that we all look like nails to them.

    3. If they knew who the terrorists were with any kind of certainty or could even figure out who to suspect, they wouldn’t have a problem.

      You can’t find terrorists fishing through people’s email.

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  19. If Koch funding manages to get Rubo in the running, they will eventually find it was a waste of their money.

  20. Rubio scares the heck out of me, more than any of the other Republicans who have a chance of getting the nomination. He’s an absolute statist dickhead.

    …Well, maybe Christie is worse.

    1. Rubio, Christie, Bush and a bunch of other statist dickheads will never occupy the White House.

  21. Curiously, a poll of donors at he recent Koch brothers meeting placed Rubio first and Ran Paul last of the four polled names.

    1. Then the meeting was full of haters of freedom.

      1. Ron Paul did not attend.

  22. Just focus on immigration and STFU about everything else Rubio.

  23. I hardly doubt it was a very scientific pole. Besides, it might not be useful at general election to be known as the “Kock boy”….just sayin’……

    1. The poll was done by a professional pollster, Frank Luntz. Money is money but it’s hard to imagine Koch donors supporting any extreme social conservatives. But they had no choice here. Rubio perhaps because he’s not as crazy as Paul and Cruz on abortion.

      1. It’s funny. You tell a woman there are going to be restrictions on what medicine she is allowed to take and you are mainstream. Tell her she can’t have an abortion in the 30th week and suddenly by some miracle that body that belonged to the FDA yesterday suddenly becomes her own.

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  26. Rubio is the next state puppet in line.

  27. Never liked Rubio. Still don’t.

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