As Rand Paul announced he is running for President today, he also unveiled a campaign store full of original items designed to reflect his policies, in a move once again designed to stand out from the establishment candidates.
Perhaps the most interesting item is labeled a ‘NSA spy cam blocker’. It’s a small device with Paul’s name on it, that fits over the in built camera on laptops, and can be removed when the user wishes to use the camera.
“That little front facing camera on your laptop or tablet can be a window for the world to see you – whether you know it or not! Stop hackers and the NSA with this simple camera blocker. Safe and practical,” the description reads.
As revealed by journalist Glenn Greenwald last year, and originally reported by InfoWars, the NSA has the ability to remotely take control and record using a computer’s built in microphone or take photos through the webcam.
Paul has consistently railed against NSA mass spying, even pursuing a lawsuit against the government over the collection of millions of Americans’ communications metadata.
Also available in the Rand store is a t-shirt clearly aimed at the Obama administration’s exponential increase in the use of drones.
Other potential Republican candidates are sure to support the continued use of drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – a policy originated under George W. Bush, and evolved under Obama.
The Washington Post has a list of other items available in Rand Paul’s store, including an autographed Constitution. The article notes that perhaps the Rand Paul flip flops are not the best idea.
The novelty items can be purchased instead of simply sending donations to the Paul campaign.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.