US Audio Analysis: How Rand Paul and Surveillance Are Troubling the Republican Party


PHOTO: Rand Paul, Republican Senator and 2016 Presidential Candidate

On Monday morning, I spoke with the BBC World Service about the politics around Congressional debate to modify the PATRIOT Act, the post-9/11 legislation that sanctioned blanket surveillance of Americans as well as others around the world.

I thought the interview would be about the significance of the changes to the Act — the answer is “Not necessarily as much as people think” — but presenter Dan Damon wanted to chat about the significance for the Republican Party as it tries to take the White House in 2016. That meant a focus on Rand Paul, the libertarian politician who has unsettled the Party by challenging the Bush-era approach to “national security” and the War on Terror.

Listen from 29:14, after the introductory political sound-bites:

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  1. Well, whilst we may regard Rand Paul as a wildcard now, he does allow the Republicans to open another front if the dominant feeling of the country moves toward protecting Constitutional rights and libertarianism. It’s a gambol for him, and it’s disruptive, but he might provide Republicans with a platform in the future. He could run now as President of ‘The Conch Republic’ maybe?

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