Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says he would abolish the National Security Agency (NSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other federal agencies if elected.
In an interview with The Hill on Monday, Johnson said he would sign an executive order as president eliminating the NSA, which sparked controversy with its domestic surveillance programs.
Johnson promised to turn “the NSA satellites away from you and I as citizens of the United States.”
“The NSA is a complete executive order as it is under [President Harry] Truman,” Johnson said. “We could turn those satellites on what is supposed to be the enemy. The fact that they’re pointed on us right now, doesn’t that cause everyone a bit of concern? It should. Look, there’s due process for spying, but due process is not blanket collection of all of our data.”
Asked whether he could actually eliminate the NSA simply through executive order, Johnson responded: “Apparently. I’m waiting for someone to prove me wrong. This is what I’ve been told.”