"Everyone lies to Congress. As soon as they raise
their right hand, watch out!"
Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Some words just do not belong together: jumbo shrimp, military intelligence and honest liberal. But in the case of Dennis Kucinich I will grant him the rare title of Honest Liberal.
Former Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich slammed the Obama administration, saying that the NSA should be completely abolished, and that whistleblower Edward Snowden should be celebrated with a ticker-tape parade.
Kucinich, known for his strong stance on privacy and civil liberties, urged attendees at the premiere of a documentary on government and corporate abuse of digital data that it was unacceptable to allow the government to continue to destroy constitutional rights.
“We have the CIA, the FBI, a dozen other intelligence infrastructures. Frankly — and I’m saying this with a lifetime’s experience in government here — it’s time to punch the NSA’s ticket here,” Kucinich stated at the showing of the film Terms and Conditions May Apply reports Infowars News.
“They’ve ruined the brand. They’ve destroyed the idea of privacy.” he added.
“We need some kind of symbolic and profound approach here, that says, ‘look, you’ve violated something that’s very dear to the American people — you don’t get to do that.’” Kucinich urged.
“We talk about the death penalty for individuals, which I oppose, but I think there needs to be for government agencies that so broadly betray the public interest,” Kucinich added.
“There needs to be a measure of responsibility. And if they go beyond the pale, which the NSA has, they just ought to be abolished. We don’t need the spying.” he asserted.
The former Ohio Congressman, who left office earlier this year, stated “In a just world, Snowden, we’d be having ticker tape parades for him. But that’s not what’s going to happen.”
Speaking about Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper lying to Congress about the NSA’s spying techniques, Kucinich stated:
“Well, you know it’s illegal to lie to Congress, but everyone lies to Congress. As soon as they raise their right hand, watch out! Clapper should be held responsible, but he won’t be, because that’s the condition we’re in right now.”
Rep. Dennis Kucinich Slams NSA
Kucinich at "Terms & Conditions May Apply" DC Premiere