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Though he usually has disdain for “slippery slope” arguments, Bill Maher said on Real Time on Friday, he issue of the National Security Agency (NSA) going through private citizens’ Internet data and other personal records, was truly a slippery slope.

 
“I’m okay with it now that Obama’s in office,” Maher told his panelists. “I’m kind of trusting of him. But President Ted Cruz? Where this is going would bother me.”

 
“Vice President Dick Cheney would’ve had your hair on fire,” CNN political contributor Ana Navarro responded.

 
But what tips the scale for him, Maher continued, are nuclear weapons.

 

“We live in a world of nuclear weapons,” he said. “And there are religious fanatics who would love to get one and set it off here.”

 
People who say that the Founding Fathers could not have anticipated assault weapons when discussing the Second Amendment, Maher said, should remember that the writers of the Constitution could not have seen nuclear weapons coming.

 
“I don’t know that they would have been as absolutist about their love of privacy if there were nukes in the world,” he told the panel. “The fact that a city can be just demolished in 1 second kinda tips the scale for me. I’m not saying to look into your emails is the right thing, I’m just saying, I’m not gonna pretend it’s ’cause I’m brave; it’s ’cause I’m scared.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/07/maher-defends-nsa-data-searches-its-not-because-im-brave-but-because-im-scared/

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Posted June 9, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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