Policy: National Security

Peter King lashes out at Rand Paul, suggests NSA should spy on Congress

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Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has become one of the biggest defenders of National Security Agency spying -- even against his fellow Republicans.

King said on "Fox News Sunday" that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., "doesn't deserve" to be in the Senate because of his opposition to NSA programs that collect the phone records of every American.

“Rand Paul does not know what he’s talking about,” King said. “And Rand Paul is really spreading fear among the American people" and putting lives at risk.

“To me he’s either totally uninformed or he’s part of that ‘hate America’ crowd that I thought had left us in the 1960s,” King said. “In any event, he doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate for spreading that type of misperception and absolute lies to be honest with you.”

Paul announced Friday that he would lead a lawsuit against the NSA’s collection program, arguing that it violates the Fourth Amendment.

King reprised his anti-Paul rhetoric on Monday's “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, saying the senator was “creating this hysteria” and “scaremongering” the American people.

But King wasn't done there. He said he'd support the NSA spying on members of Congress as well, in case they are talking to al Qaeda leaders.

“I think members of Congress should be treated the same as everyone else,” King said. “If a member of Congress is talking to an al Qaeda leader in Iraq or Afghanistan, why should that member of Congress be any different from any person on the street?”

Just in case members of Congress are speaking with terrorist group leaders on unofficial business, right?

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