Rubio was against the Patriot Act before he was for it, GotNews.com has learned.
Today a pro-Marco Rubio (c)(4) attacked Ted Cruz for opposing a NSA data collection program that was opposed by Senators Ayotte (New Hampshire), Scott (South Carolina), and Grassley (Iowa).
The ad, which is backed by Sean Noble, a former Koch operative who was the target of a brutal story in 2014, even tries to link Cruz to the Paris attacks.
Gotnews.com is reliably informed that the pro-amnesty billionaire Paul Singer is pushing this attack on Cruz which saw its first articulation last week by the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel. (Strassel has a reputation for being fed oppo from DC operatives and was pretty roundly rebutted in an article by Jeffrey Lord.)
We reached out to Annie Dickerson, who is an advisor to Singer, for comment and will update it accordingly.
Unfortunately for the more hawkish Singer, Rubio’s past views on national security were more like Rand Paul’s isolationism than Cruz’s.
Here are just a few examples.
Rubio was among those Florida legislations described as “veering closer to the liberal camp of the American Civil Liberties Union” in the days after 9-11. He even compared the treatment of Muslims, who were killing Americans and at times celebrating attacks on America, to those of Cubans fleeing Castro.
“Cuban-American legislators, a usually reliable bulwark of political conservatism, are veering closer to the liberal camp of the American Civil Liberties Union as Florida ramps up its war on terrorism. Mostly Republican and mostly male, the 13 members of the Cuban-American delegation are raising the loudest concerns as House and Senate leaders propose beefing up police powers and watering down the strongest public records laws in the country. ‘I can’t ignore the fact that a lot of people I represent came to this country because of the freedoms that make it what it is,’ said Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami. Rubio serves on the House Select Committee on Security, a panel quickly assembled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and charged with reviewing all of Florida’s safety procedures.” (“Security Talk Stirs Painful Memories Of Life In Cuba; Cuban-American Legislators Balk At Expanding Police Powers,” Palm Beach Post, 10/19/01)
Rubio said “so many of these measures that we are talking about implement were the very same ones that were forced on the people of Cuba right after Castro took over.”
“The panel has gathered suggestions from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that run the gamut from the seemingly innocuous – shielding security plans for public buildings – to the ominous – giving police secret arrest and detention powers. Rubio is willing to consider incremental changes to public records laws and has no objection to a proposal of creating a statewide database of terrorism suspects. But the idea of secret arrests raises the image of another bearded nemesis who has tormented Rubio’s constituents decades longer than Osama bin Laden. ‘So many of these measures that we are talking about implementing were the very same ones that were forced on the people of Cuba right after Castro took over,’ Rubio said.” (“Security Talk Stirs Painful Memories Of Life In Cuba; Cuban-American Legislators Balk At Expanding Police Powers,” Palm Beach Post, 10/19/01)
Rubio said a bill that would expand detention powers “is particularly unsettling to his Cuban-American constituents who still bear painful memories of President Fidel Castro’s security police and oppressive regime.”
“In yet another sign of a deeply divided legislature, a House anti-terrorism committee decided Monday not to give state police sweeping new powers to detain witnesses or suspend public records laws. The House Select Committee on Security voted unanimously to postpone one of the most controversial measures (HB-109B) – giving police the power to detain a material witness for up to four days in terrorism investigations. A companion (SB-78B) is expected to pass the full Senate today. The House committee also voted to postpone consideration of another measure (HB-131B) that would give the Florida Department of Law Enforcement the authority to delay the release of virtually any public record for up to 21 days in terrorism investigations if it can convince a judge to go along. The decisions virtually assure that the measures will not pass the legislature before lawmakers adjourn a special session, possibly as early as today. Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, said the detention bill is particularly unsettling to his Cuban-American constituents who still bear painful memories of President Fidel Castro’s security police and oppressive regime. ‘It’s a delicate balancing act that we walk here,’ Rubio said. It would give police the power to detain witnesses up to four days, but only after winning permission from a judge in a hearing that must be called within 48 hours. The witness would be given access to an attorney and would not be required to disclose the incident on job applications.” (“House Panel Stalls Police Power Bills,” Palm Beach Post, 10/30/01)