Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) just made his move to hold the federal government to account and is demanding the Director of the National Security Agency to open a probe of the allegations made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the agency has been spying on him.
“Mr. Carlson is a journalist, who currently hosts the popular news program Tucker Carlson Tonight, and as such he is to be afforded the freedom of the press protections guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Paul said in a letter to Gen. Paul M. Nakasone.
“As you are undoubtedly aware, Mr. Carlson recently alleged on his television show that the NSA not only read his private emails relating to his attempt to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin but also that the NSA unmasked his identity and leaked his private emails, which identified him by name, to others in the press.”
“But when a long train of abuses conducted by the NSA evinces a consistent design to evade the law and violate the constitutionally-protected liberties of the people, the NSA must do more than tweet a carefully worded denial to be trusted.
“As the head of the NSA, you can help restore credibility to your agency by being completely honest with the American people and explaining in detail whether the NSA conducted surveillance on Tucker Carlson in his role as a journalist, whether you or anyone else within the federal government approved his alleged unmasking, and whether Mr. Carlson’s private emails were shared with any other reporters or news organizations.”
The NSA denied Carlson’s claims saying:
“Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.
“NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States. With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a US citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting.”
“Did the Biden administration read my personal emails? That’s the question that we asked directly to NSA officials when we spoke to them about 20 minutes ago in a very heated conversation.
“Did you read my emails? And again, they refused to say ‘We can’t tell you, and we won’t tell you why we can’t tell you.’ My emails. And the message was clear: ‘We can do whatever we want.’
“So, it is not in any way a figment of my imagination. It’s confirmed. It’s true,” he said before claiming the Biden administration wants to have “leverage” to threaten “opposition journalists.”
NEW: Rand Paul is requesting an investigation into Tucker Carlson's allegations that the NSA was spying on him, which the agency has publicly denied. https://t.co/HpOds29cOK— Axios (@axios) July 11, 2021
Rand Paul Pushing For Investigation Into NSA Spying On Tucker Carlson https://t.co/QUkNtpoW7f— zerohedge (@zerohedge) July 12, 2021