Jeb Bush: NSA needs broader powers to combat 'evildoers'Bush is half-right; only half. Blanket surveillance is un-Constitutional under the 4th Amendment, whether the Bushes like it or not. On the other hand, the USA should honor its commitments to the Eastern European states, to protect them from Russian attack. Obama unilaterally abandoned those commitments.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."
At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.
The former Florida governor said Congress should revisit its changes to the Patriot Act, and he dismissed concerns from civil libertarians who say the program violated citizens' constitutionally protected privacy rights.
"There's a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job," Bush said. "I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way."
Bush also said the U.S. should send more troops - he didn't say how many - and equipment to eastern European nations in response to Russia's increasingly aggressive posture in the region. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin should know that his "adventurism" comes with "a price to pay."
"Rather than reacting to the bad behavior, I think we need to be more forward-leaning as it relates to what the consequences will be," Bush said.
Bush reputedly is the favorite among the establishment Party Republican King Makers, and is most likely to win at the convention where the establishment elites choose their candidate. Another reason I'm not a Republican.