Gar­rett: Un­mask­ing should draw jail time

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

Rep. Thomas A. Gar­rett Jr., Vir­ginia Repub­li­can, said some­one “prob­a­bly needs to go to prison” over the un­mask­ing of Amer­i­cans who were picked up in in­tel­li­gence in­ter­cepts.

Mr. Gar­rett said the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved could have com­mit­ted var­i­ous felonies, cit­ing, among other things, the pos­si­ble tar­get­ing of the sur­veil­lance of Amer­i­cans and leak­ing the in­for­ma­tion to the news me­dia.

“Some­body prob­a­bly needs to go to prison,” Mr. Gar­rett said on The John Fred­er­icks Ra­dio Show. “Con­tem­plate for a mo­ment that you are a pri­vate U.S. cit­i­zen with con­sti­tu­tional rights to pri­vacy, a right not to be surveilled by the state, but that those rules are thrown out the win­dow should you chose to en­gage in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity that is not con­sis­tent with the dog­matic rhetoric of the left.”

Pres­i­dent Trump this week ac­cused Su­san E. Rice, a na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser un­der Pres­i­dent Obama, of break­ing the law by us­ing in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to spy on Trump cam­paign of­fi­cials.

Ms. Rice was au­tho­rized to re­quest the “un­mask­ing” of cit­i­zens swept up in the U.S. sur­veil­lance of for­eign­ers, as long as it in­volved is­sues of na­tional se­cu­rity or crim­i­nal­ity. She has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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