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Huckabee: Americans Are Becoming More Distrustful Of Government

Former Arkansas governor and current GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had some insights as to why Americans are becoming more distrustful of government. On Sunday, he shared his opposition to extending the NSA phone-spying program. He also said “The secrecy with which this government has operated and, specifically, Hillary Clinton using a private email server outside the bounds of normal State Department protocol is very troubling. There’s never been a time in my lifetime where people are more distrustful of government.”

Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 and isthe Democratic front-runner for the 2016 presidential race. Huckabee shared his comments on "Fox News Sunday," just one day after the Senate failed in attempts to pass legislation to extend the section of the post 9/11 Patriot Act, which covers the NSA's bulk phone data collection program.

Huckabee argued that U.S. intelligence should "get a warrant" if they suspect any Americans of being involved with terrorism or spying. He also said “If this is so effective, why hasn’t it foiled potential terrorist plots? Not one [foiled plot] has been tied to the NSA’s collection of metadata. … It seems like we’re spending billions of dollars on the whiz-bang technology and not enough on human resources, which have proven to be the most effective way of stopping terrorism.”

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