While several Republican congressmen defended the National Security Agency's spying on the phone and internet records of millions of Americans, today, former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said the secret NSA program was “destroying the Constitution” (video below).
"This idea that you can go to the FISA court and get a warrant, that's ridiculous," Paul told CNN's Piers Morgan this evening.
According to Mediaite.com, Paul explained he still wants intelligence gathering, but in a transparent and constitutional way.
"What [Obama] is doing is repealing the Magna Carta," Paul said. "You can't just do these kind of things. And this one is not only repealing the principles of liberty, but it's destroying the Constitution. My question should be to all of you who defend this nonsense, 'What should the penalty be for the people who destroy the Constitution?'"
He added: "I think we have embarked on a very, very dangerous course. The American people are with us on this. It's totally out of control and I would say if you're confused about what we should do, just read the Constitution. What's wrong with that? If you don't like it, get people to repeal and change the Constitution."
However, Paul might be wrong when he claims the "American people are with us."
According to a new poll released today by Pew Research Center and The Washington Post, 56 percent of Americans support being spied on by the NSA. A whopping 62 percent support the U.S. government infringing on Americans' privacy to investigate potential terrorist attacks, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.