Ron Paul Warns Of Electronic Surveillance Back In... 1984

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

There are three words that come to mind when I think of Ron Paul; principles, credibility and consistency.  Not only is the video below great because we get to see Dr. Paul speak on the Congressional floor thirty years younger, but also because he was adamantly criticizing civil liberties threats in the context of a Republican President, Ronald Reagan.  He warned us about what the NSA and other intelligence agencies are currently doing well before the internet became widespread.  The man is a statesman of the highest order.  Definitely take the time to watch this short video.


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The Third Man's picture

A great article by the late libertarian Murray Rothbard about a Frenchman who knew a thing or two about tyrants, how they obtain their power, and how they maintain it. A real eye-opener.

XitSam's picture

Thanks, I'll read it when I get home.

grid-b-gone's picture

When the consistently right aren't listened to during their most productive years, it's no wonder we find it difficult to elect any leaders except the ones who promise us more, more easy, more safe ... anything more with nothing required in return beyond the vote.

Thank you, Ron Paul, for being as consistent in trying to effect change as your message and warnings have been. You join the likes of Gandhi, Jesus, Orwell, and many others whose ideas gain traction and understanding too slowly to avoid the price of ignorance.     

conspicio's picture

Really Tylers? trolling with Ron Paul? And you guys are smart enough to know RP wasn't the first, not the only, and not the loudest voice to go this route. Simplifying things a bit, but all you have to do is look at any bill involving privacy when a Republican was in office. Democrats are unhinged and on the record - and as loud or louder than RP ever was. Of course, Patrick Leahy isn't as sexy for the Paulbots, but he was one of the more outspoken. Go back and read the Congressional record for the Digital Telephony and Communications Privacy Improvements Act of 1994. Unhinged against Louis Freeh. Look at the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 testimony and tell me what Ron Paul contributed to that debate that was so different than his colleagues? The answer: same as every other opponent of the bill. He made some remarks in 1984 that made it to youtube? Jezuz, read the Congressional reamarks and testimony on the Privacy Act of 1974, Buckley Amendment, Right to Financial Privacy Act, Privacy Protection Act, Cable Communications Policy Act (which I believe is what RP was testifying on in the video), Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Computer Security Act, and blah blah blah. There were Ron Pauls before there was Ron Paul and there were a thousand other Ron Pauls when there WAS a Ron Paul.


Trolling with Ron Paul is beyond you guys Tylers. But it is easy, isn't it? slow clap...bravo sirs. Bravo.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

He was working on a phone tip from a leaker named George Orwell. Actually, Tale of Two Cities is moar accurate than G.O. 1984.