Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is back with a vengeance, using his new online TV channel to attack the policies of the Obama administration and anything else he sees as a challenge to his libertarian views.
The former Texas congressman launched The Ron Paul Channel
Monday with an exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald, one of two journalists who first disclosed the secret National Security Agency telephone and internet data collection program, based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Paul called Greenwald "the most important journalist in the world today," according to The Washington Times
"I think it's just been wonderful that we're getting to the bottom of this," Paul said referring to Greenwald's reports in The Guardian about Snowden and the U.S. government's surveillance efforts.
Greenwald told Paul to expect more stories on the NSA and Snowden, some of them refuting the Obama administration's accounts of how the surveillance programs have been carried out.
"Just today, we published a brand new article . . . proving that President Obama was not telling the truth when he said that the NSA isn't listening to the telephone calls or reading the e-mails of American citizens without warrants," the reporter said in the interview.
"Because we published a document internally at the NSA that shows that they have a loophole that they think they've created, that allows them, when they collect foreign traffic, to search through any e-mails and telephone calls of Americans that are swept up in that data gathering, without a warrant of any kind."
Paul also used his new media vehicle to continue his longtime criticism of the Federal Reserve and its policies, and he claimed that President Barack Obama's use of drone strikes to fight terrorism "perpetuates terror while he claims to prevent it," The Washington Times reported.
In an interview with Fox News Monday, Paul was asked whether his Internet channel would help or hurt his son, Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul, who is considering a potential 2016 bid for the presidency.
"I can't believe that it will hurt him, and hopefully it helps him to some degree because the views [of the father and son] will be very similar and that's what we are going to be talking about," Paul said.
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