In case you missed it, news reports surfaced yesterday that John Chambers, CEO of networking equipment giant Cisco, wrote a letter to President Obama accusing the NSA of secretly intercepting international shipments of Cisco products and implanting backdoor spy tools then repacking the equipment with a factory seal before sending them on to the intended customer. Jim Rubens was quick to issue a statement condemning these activities that violate our constitution and damage our technology export economy. Jim's full statement is here.
Jim Rubens is the single candidate in this race to have expressed outrage over the practices of the Obama Administation's National Security Agency (NSA). The other candidates have been silent on this gross violation of our Consitutional protections guaranteed by the 4th Amendment.
Unfortunately, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown both have a history of supporting government warrantless spying on hundreds of millions of innocent American citizens.
As Senators, both Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen voted to expand government power to spy on private citizens. They both voted for the Cybersecurity Act which includes a provision allowing internet companies to pass private information over to government agencies. They both voted to extend the Patriot's Act authorization of wiretaps on innocent Americans. They have consistently voted to give the government more and more ability to violate the privacy of American citizens, and their silence on this issue shows that they are okay with these recent violations as well.
We need a Senator who will fight for our individual freedoms and against unconstitutional breaches such as NSA spying. In a recent poll, by nearly a 3-1 margin (70%-26%), Americans say they shouldn't have to give up privacy and freedom in order to be safe from terrorism. Voters care about this issue and so should Washington politicians like Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown.
To win in November, we need to nominate a candidate who will call out Jeanne Shaheen wherever and whenever she is wrong, not one who votes the same way. Rest assured, should Jim be elected to the U.S. Senate, he will speak out unabashedly against and work to defund and bar government violation of our constitutional liberties. Jim's position on the NSA and personal privacy is outlined in detail here on his website.