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Dick Cheney: Restricting NSA data collection a mistake

On Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on "The Cats Roundtable" on AM 970 New York. There he said that now is not the time to be "weakening the tools intelligence people have to effectively combat terrorists." Cheney also told host John Catsimatidis that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is running for president, was wrong to lead the fight against the NSA program.

Cheney also said of the NSA program, "It’s an important program. It’s a good program. I think a lot of what’s been going on there is frankly all politics."

He then said "I’m fearful that we’ve gotten far enough away now after 14 years, far enough away from 9/11, that too many people out there have forgotten what happened and what it’s like when it does happen. This is the danger that next time they’ll have something deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters when they launch an attack."

In addition, a spokesman for Paul, contacted by BuzzFeed, stated, "Sen. Rand Paul agrees with former Vice President Cheney that we must always remain vigilant to the real threat of radical Islamic jihadism, but Sen. Paul, like most Americans, does not believe we should continue the NSA’s illegal and expensive bulk collection program which has not led to a single terror conviction or foiled any plots."

Cheney shared that he has been told that almost 75 percent of American aircraft are returning to base without dropping any ordinances on ISIS targets as the result of not having enough intelligence to find the targets. He shared "So it's not a very effective military operation at this point

Cheney blamed Obama for the restrictions he's placed on the U.S. Military. Cheney said "I think he doesn’t want to be there. But it’s half a loaf. It’s pinpricks … I think Obama, well, I’ve tried for a long time, John, to understand what makes him tick. And, frankly, I don’t know."

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