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Jeb Bush On NSA Domestic Spying Program: “For The Life Of Me I Don’t Understand The Debate” Over It

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JEB BUSH: We must be prepared for a long-term commitment to fight this battle. These attacks require a response on many levels but most of all we should focus on preventing them. That requires responsible intelligence gathering and analysis, including the NSA metadata program which contributes to awareness of potential terror cells and interdiction efforts on a global scale.

For the life of me, I don’t understand the debate has gotten off track, where we’re not understanding and protecting — we do protect our civil liberties. But this is a hugely important program to use these technologies to keep us safe. It requires close coordination with allies and a rigorous homeland effort, including border security. The threats of the 21st century will not be the same as the threats of the 20th and it is critical that we adapt to this challenge.

Finally, I believe our foreign policy must be rooted in a critical principle, let’s call it liberty diplomacy. America in its founding declared that the power in our country rested with the individual and not the other way around. And that individuals’ liberty was natural and self evident. We enshrined the idea of free speech, of free press, pf free markets, and the inalienable right of religious freedom. America’s experience affirms the power of human liberty, not just because America has thrived, but because the world has thrived from it as well.

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