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Libertarians See Political Gains in NSA Leak Debacle

by John Gizzi, Newsmax  |  published on June 12, 2013

The Libertarian Party definitely sees the likelihood of major political gains amid the sensational revelations of a widespread surveillance program by the National Security Agency.

Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian presidential nominee, and Libertarian Party Executive Director Carla Howell both voiced confidence in interviews with Newsmax on Monday that the ongoing story about the agency’s Prism program would boost a political party that champions individual freedoms.

“The NSA revelations will be a good thing” for the Libertarian cause, predicted Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who drew 1.3 million votes — 1 percent of the total — as the Libertarian nominee for president last November.

“We will have what we have never had before, a national debate over what the checks and balances are and where the due process is,” Johnson said.

Pointing to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court that authorizes the electronic surveillance, Johnson said that “people are going to start asking who is on this ‘secret court’ and what does it do?”

Johnson also saw as an area of national debate the news that “1.4 million Americans have top security clearance. Wow!”

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