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George Pataki: Freedom Act Stall 'Unfortunate in Very Dangerous Times'

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 07:57 PM

Republican presidential candidate George Pataki says that if he were in Congress he would have voted for the USA Freedom Act that passed the Senate on Tuesday on its way to President Barack Obama's desk.

Pataki, who served three terms as governor of New York, told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that he would have liked to have seen an amendment requiring phone companies to keep metadata records for a longer period so the National Security Agency could access them if needed.

He pointed to the case in Boston earlier Tuesday in which a man believed to have been radicalized online by the Islamic State (ISIS) was shot dead by a police officer.

"If, in fact, the person who was killed by the task force had been radicalized, had been communicating with others about attacking Americans, I would like our intelligence to be able to go get a court order and find out who he was talking to here in the United States who might want to carry out attacks," Pataki said. "I'm not sure that could happen now."

If not for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's stalling tactics, which delayed passage of the bill past the expiration of the Patriot Act on Sunday, the amendment likely would have passed, Pataki said. Paul also is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, and critics have accused him of endangering the nation's security as part of his effort to improve his Oval Office chances.

"I think it's unfortunate in these very dangerous times we have weakened intelligence at a time when we need enhanced intelligence," Pataki said.

Were he to be elected president, Pataki said he would work to strengthen to USA Freedom Act and would move to directly fund America's allies against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq rather than send aid through Baghdad where it does no good.

On the domestic front, Pataki said he favored giving divisive issues such as same-sex marriage to the states.

"I'm a great believer in the Constitution and the 10th Amendment, and that leaves issues that aren't directly given the authority for Congress to the states," he said.

He would, however, uphold the Constitution when the Supreme Court makes a ruling even if he disagrees with it, he said.

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