Jeb Bush Wants Expanded NSA

It is crazy that Jeb Bush defended the NSA, but now he is calling for an Expanded NSA.

Reuters reports, “Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers to Combat ‘Evildoers’.”

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat “evildoers.”

At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records.

The former Florida governor said Congress should revisit its changes to the Patriot Act, and he dismissed concerns from civil libertarians who say the program violated citizens’ constitutionally protected privacy rights.

Others on this blog have criticized Bush for his stance on the NSA. But that was simply because Bush defended the NSA’s unconstitutional actions. Now he is calling for an expansion of their power!

He also wants to expand troops in Europe to stand against Russia.

The remarks were part of Bush’s ongoing efforts to pitch an aggressive foreign policy as he struggles to break out of a crowded Republican presidential primary in which businessman and former television reality star Donald Trump has garnered much of the attention.

Pushing a hawkish foreign policy is a staple of Republican presidential politics.

It has been. It has also led to resounding defeats in 2008 and 2012. It can also be blamed for the loss of much of Congress in 2006.

I don’t think this plan can work anymore. I don’t know why Jeb thinks to “break out of a crowded Republican presidential primary” in this way can do him any good.

Let Europe concern itself with Russia. The job of the American President should be to guard the borders of the United States, not worrying about other nations on the other side of the ocean.