Rand Paul Says It’s Time To Investigate NSA

(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- In late June, Tucker Carlson revealed on his program that a whistleblower had informed him that the NSA was monitoring his electronic communications with plans of leaking the information in order to take his show off the air.

In response, the NSA released a weaselly, carefully-worded statement “denying” that Carlson had ever been “an intelligence target of the Agency.” Of course, Carlson never claimed he was an intelligence target; he claimed the NSA was monitoring his electronic communications.

And last week Axios published a story containing leaked information about Tucker Carlson’s electronic communications which confirmed what Carlson had said all along. The NSA was monitoring his communications with plans of leaking them. And Axios got the prize. Tucker was in communications to set up an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Instantly the same media that scoffed at the idea that the NSA was monitoring Tucker switched gears entirely and claimed that the NSA had every right to do so. Their contention was Tucker had no business trying to set up an interview with Vladimir Putin – which was an odd thing to claim since NBC News had just weeks earlier interviewed Vladimir Putin.

This week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter requesting that the director of the NSA conduct an investigation into Tucker Carlson’s claims.

Arguing that Carlson, as a journalist, should be afforded the press freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, Senator Paul asked NSA Director, General Paul Nakasone, to explain the monitoring of Carlson’s communications and also who at the NSA unmasked his identity and leaked his private emails to the press.

While Paul explained that he is “open-minded enough” to accept the NSA’s denial if provided convincing evidence, his primary concern is the “long train of abuses conducted by the NSA” to both evade the law and violate the civil liberties of the American people. “The NSA must do more than tweet a carefully-worded denial to be trusted,” Paul added.

Senator Paul wrote to Nakasone that, as the director of the NSA, he has the responsibility to “restore credibility” to the agency “by being completely honest with the American people.”

Paul wants Nakasone to explain in detail whether the NSA surveilled Carlson “in his role as a journalist,” who within the NSA or anywhere else in the federal government approved Carlson’s “alleged unmasking,” and whether Carlson’s private emails were leaked to another reporter or news organization.