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She's the head of the newly powerful Tea Party caucus in the house -- represented -- and that means many Americans will look to her for leadership.
Unlimited government issues ranging from intrusive airport security.
To the attempts to shut down the whistle whistle blower website WikiLeaks.
Minnesota Republican -- -- -- Michelle Bachmann joins us now.
Congresswoman Bachmann it's a pleasure welcome back to freedom watch.
Always a pleasure -- Do we surrender our rights to our bodily integrity our fourth amendment rights to privacy nearly one we purchased an airline ticket.
Now we should absolutely not that's why I refuse to go through the body scanner when I'm going through the airport cycled through twice a week.
And I instead.
Subject myself to the pat down in front of all the other passengers.
And I think what we're seeing again as an extraordinary.
-- on the part of the federal government and it seems to happen.
Week by a week where we're we're reactive as -- as opposed to being proactive in trying to keep our peoples the.
Do you think that there might be more at stake here do you think that the federal government by injecting its uniformed agents at the critical juncture.
Between a private industry the airlines.
And its customers at the airport.
-- trying to suggest that it can insinuate its agents its people and its regulations at almost any critical private juncture that this might be just the tip of an iceberg or -- the -- safety.
Sure I is -- -- -- over the weekend we -- calls that the federal government may do the same for buses trains for when we go to large sporting events.
This will change all of our behavior across the United States and we really need to look at what.
With the federal government's job is to keep the American people safe no one disputes that.
But now we're going step too far it seems and people are considered guilty before and I'd rather than being considered innocent or.
You just said it's the federal government's job to keep America safe what would you permit me to modify that and would you accept my modification.
The federal government's job is to keep us free.
And if it keeps us safe but and three it's not doing its job agree.
I think that's a fair representation.
And I hope that -- would hopefully you will come to congress for starting classes once a week.
On the constitution for the members of congress hopefully you'll be one of those people to come and share that with our members well.
Points out you know I'll be happy to do that you've invited me before accepted before and I accept again.
I do want to switch gears now to two WikiLeaks you've been a staunch defender of the constitution you've been a defender of commercial liberties.
And civil liberties if the government is doing something wrong.
If the government is committing criminal activity or lying in our -- don't we have a right to know that.
It then then is it is it a good thing that WikiLeaks released the last batch of documents the ones that embarrassed the State Department.
That showed us that the saudis are financing al-Qaeda that showed us that we're killing people in Yemen and blaming it on the Yemen people.
Well -- nothing wrong with that -- embarrassing.
The government with information but that's another thing on her compromising.
The integrity and safety of the American people that's what the concern is now and what we're looking at -- Espionage Act of 1917.
A lot has changed since 1917.
I think it's important.
That we take an updated look at what people -- can't do we don't want to get our soldiers killed for instance based upon information that's being leaked out.
And if it's it is not.
OK to have an organization hack into pentagon files and put that information out to the public when it's considered top -- Secure your a student of the constitution -- haven't they had an advanced legal degree in the constitution you certainly know the manner in which the Supreme Court has interpreted it.
Particularly the Pentagon papers case.
The thief who steals the document can and should be prosecuted.
But the publisher to whom that he gives the document cannot be prosecuted.
Under the First Amendment agree or disagree.
What that's that's the current interpretation.
And you wanna change that -- -- you want that to be available.
Well I think the person who does this stealing.
Needs to be the person who is held responsible we don't want to give inducements to people.
For further sapped.
Top secrets in the United States government.
Suppose the information that is -- reveals that.
The Federal Reserve has been printing money that we don't know about it and giving it to its favorite banks.
Or that CIA is conducting some illegal war somewhere in the world that we don't even know about don't the American people have a right to know that.
No matter how they acquired the information.
The -- both are complicated questions they really are they're they're not easy to deal -- and I think that it's important.
That the government has held accountable but on the other hand were living in a completely different day and age with computer hacking.
We just have to strike -- reasonable balancing test I'm not and I'm not worried about seeing the federal government embarrassed by information comes out.
And I think it is good we need to hold our government accountable.
But we -- in a whole new Twilight Zone if you will.
With being able to hack into government secrets and I just want to make sure that this won't be to the detriment to the United States -- to -- people the United States that.
Asked question doesn't the government bears some blame him and the government is blaming this on a -- pride how -- a buck private.
Get access to millions of pages of highly classified material without the government looking the other way.
That's -- we have to find out it may not just beat him there may be other people as well.
But again we are talking about old file cabinets now.
Any more now we're talking about computer databases that people from around the world can access.
Obviously our firewalls aren't sufficient.
We need to make them sufficient because every country frankly has secrets.
And they need to be capped and it if our firewall is now being breached we need to make it.
-- Congresswoman Bachmann it's a pleasure let me know when we start those classes because I won't -- AS.
Think you you're welcome.
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