Chris Christie: Rand Paul Should Answer To Congress For All Future Terror Attacks

from the uh-what? dept

Chris Christie, New Jersey Govorner, presidential candidate, and anti-terror crusader, has built quite a reputation for himself for his admiration for the now partially-expired PATRIOT Act. Add to that his worry about anyone opposing NSA surveillance and his assertions that any fears over government surveillance are so much malarkey, and the man who built his anti-terror reputation in part upon the pillar of an entirely trumped up case he prosecuted as a US Attorney has solidified his never-ending love for all things Orwellian.

So now let us add to the list of Christie's transgressions his suggestion that all future terror attacks should be blamed on Rand Paul, because Paul allowed parts of the Patriot Act to expire.

Here is the relevant quote from Christie's appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe program.
“And that’s why what Rand Paul has done to make this country weaker and more vulnerable is a terrible thing, and for him to raise money off of it is disgraceful. It’s disgraceful,” Christie said, touting his experience as the only candidate to use the PATRIOT Act as New Jersey’s top prosecutor. “We’re going to look back on this, and he should be in front of hearings in front of Congress if there’s another attack,” the governor said at the end of the interview. “Not the director of the FBI or the CIA.”
You hear that, you folks over at the FBI and CIA? Take the next couple of years off. All of your responsibility has been lifted in the future should Gov. Christie become President Christie. Any attacks that happen will result in Rand Paul, a Senator representing his constituents, mind you, being hauled before Congress to answer for why he dared participate in the legislative process in a manner designed to retrieve some small part of American liberty. The future-crimes of ISIS rest solely on the shoulders of Senator Paul.

Should you be unaware, this is ridiculous. The PATRIOT Act was an overreach, the kind of legislation that gets passed out of fear by reactionaries too busy crapping their own pants to bother wondering whether they might be trampling on the rights of American citizens. Christie calls out Paul for raising money touting his part in defeating the PATRIOT Act, but Christie has no problem raising money by fear-mongering his way across the country. Christie also says Paul should answer to Congress if there's another attack.

But, if we accept that, should we also demand that Christie and government surveillance supporters answer to Congress every time there is abuse in the surveillance state for which they've cheered? If so, Christie should probably clear his schedule, because those abuses are the rule, not the exception.

Filed Under: 4th amendment, attacks, chris christie, congress, patriot act, rand paul


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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jul 2015 @ 1:47pm

    This fat ass will be the first one kicked out of the GOP clown car.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jul 2015 @ 2:11pm

    Chris Christie should have to answer for all the starving children in the world...and be forced to live in a gestation crate.

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    Baron von Robber, 8 Jul 2015 @ 2:14pm

    Somebody tell Christie that the lap band goes on the inside.

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    Mark Wing, 8 Jul 2015 @ 2:21pm

    Congress doesn't even answer to Congress. But hey, I'm sure it's a fine plan. *golf clap*

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    DigDug, 8 Jul 2015 @ 2:23pm

    Chris Christie on Acronym for you... STFU

    Your actions attacking our civil liberties are atrocious.

    9/11 did NOT change the constitution.

    That means that the Patriot act is completely unconstitutional, and any actions taken by anyone under that act are acts of treason against the constitution and the people of this formerly great nation.

    You're a traitor to this country.

    You're a constitutional terrorist, attacking the very foundations that this country was built upon.

    You don't deserve to live in this country, please report to your Gitmo Detention Center for your crimes against humanity embodied by the people of this country.

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    David, 8 Jul 2015 @ 2:48pm

    Maybe Chris Christie could...

    Answer for all future civil liberties violations of the United States Government?

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jul 2015 @ 2:57pm

    What a fool

    Are we really to believe that there are going to be any more attacks when we have had a very open border in the south of the US for the last 15 years with hundreds of thousands of unknown people crossing and yet not a whole lot seems to get blown up? Christie is an idiot.

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    Ethical Lapse (profile), 8 Jul 2015 @ 3:20pm

    Well, if Rand Paul didn't defend our freedoms, the terrorists couldn't attack us because they hate them, now could they?

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jul 2015 @ 4:04pm

    Sheppard Christie

    Chicken shit sheeple like Sheppard Christie's views.

    Brave people, not so much.

    Maybe it's time to change our national anthem.

    The land of formerly free
    And the home of the afraid

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    z! (profile), 8 Jul 2015 @ 5:06pm

    Terror(ist)?

    I really wish people, and especially journalists, would not conflate terror and terrorist. They do not mean the same thing.

    Terror (n)
    1- intense, sharp, overmastering fear
    2- an instance or cause of intense fear or anxiety; quality of causing terror

    Terrorist (n)
    1- a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
    2- a person who terrorizes or frightens others.


    Someone might have a terror attack because of a terrorist's bomb, but the terrorist placed the bomb, not the terror. Unless Christie is suggesting that Paul address Congress about psychiatric bills for the sufferers, the headline is probably wrong.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jul 2015 @ 5:38pm

    The PATRIOT Act was an overreach, the kind of legislation that gets passed out of fear by reactionaries too busy crapping their own pants to bother wondering whether they might be trampling on the rights of American citizens.
    The PATRIOT Act was an overreach, the kind of legislation that gets passed out of fearmongering by reactionaries too busy crapping in other people's pants to bother wondering whether they might be trampling on the rights of American citizens.

    They have no fear of outsiders, just wanting to control the plebs by whatever means works.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jul 2015 @ 5:56pm

    Chris Christie is just trying to cement his role In any new Star Wars film featuring jabba the hutt. you can't fool me Chris.

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    J.R., 8 Jul 2015 @ 8:42pm

    "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" --Yeats

    Chris Christie, another happy midwife of the coming totalitarian police state.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jul 2015 @ 10:02pm

    Chris, the FIST™, Christie

    Chris Christie is a Fat, Ignorant, Self-absorbed Thug. Let's just wait for nature to assassinate him for us.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jul 2015 @ 4:11am

    Then chris crispy should account for all the deaths the US army has caused

    Or are you exempt because of whose SIDE your on, and ignoring things like the morality of an action?

    Rhetorical.Fucking.Question!

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    me@me.net, 9 Jul 2015 @ 4:22am

    your title forgot one part

    where the guy got to be governor by prosecuting a fbi manufactured terror plot. Corruption much?

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      me@me.net, 9 Jul 2015 @ 4:24am

      Re: your title forgot one part

      oh, and that whole bridge thing. Fatboi doesnt get what he wants so lets take it out on a few thousand by shutting down a major highway and bridge.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jul 2015 @ 6:38am

    So the one guy is just getting out of the diapers, while the other has regressed into using them again, no news here.

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    brudasek (profile), 9 Jul 2015 @ 12:10pm

    Terror Attacks

    As if that weren't enough the American army will be reduced...

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