Judge Nap on New Cybersecurity Agency: 'Lost Liberties Don't Come Back'
President Obama announced that he is establishing a new government agency to protect Americans from cybercrime, but this could give the government more access to what citizens are doing online.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said on "Varney & Co." today that when people are fearful, they tend to turn to the government for protection, even if that means giving up their privacy and other liberties.
"It is normal, in my view, to opt toward safety in rough times, rather than liberty," Judge Nap explained. "I argue one should take the long run, one should look at this from the long run, and that when one gives up liberty in hard times ... it does not come back in good times."
He added that the government is "least-equipped" to protect American citizens from a cyber invasion. He asserted that companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Google would be far superior at creating devices and systems that could not be hacked so easily, but the government doesn't want that.
"I believe that the people who build these things have the ability to make them absolutely attack-proof, but in order to do that, they have to make them impervious to government intrusion," Judge Nap said, adding that any government agency big enough to protect us is big enough to surveil us.
"The Internet cannot be protected by the government, because the government will never permit a system that it can't zero into," Judge Nap said, concluding that he would "absolutely not" establish this agency.
Watch Judge Nap and Stuart Varney's discussion in the clip above and let us know what you think in the comments.