FLEMINGTON – U.S. Senate candidate Murray Sabrin stuck to his Ron Paul roots tonight on the issue of Congress’ reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA).
Unlike his fellow Republican primary contestants, Anne Evans Estabrook and State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris), Sabrin dug in against FISA, saying, "Government always claims it has special needs. What they need to do to protect us is to get a warrant from a judge."
"I follow the Constitution," added Sabrin, who claims FISA’s allowance of warrant-less wiretapping violates the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed the Protect America Act, which, the majority argued, modernizes FISA. But the House has resisted signing off on the act, and representatives such as U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.) see the act’s retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies as a dangerous rollover in the face of corporate power.
Estabrook flatly disagreed. "FISA should be reauthorized," she said. "It’s important for security."
The first to condemn U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) when the senator voted against the act, Pennacchio said of the terrorists, "These guys don’t fair. We have to have eternal vigilance and keep our constituents safe. If we had that before Sept. 11th, imagine."
Lautenberg, whom the Republicans are targeting in this election, agrees with Sabrin, and in voting in the minority, said warrant-less wiretapping is a transgression of American rights.