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The Case for Stripping Former Officials of their Security Clearances – Consortiumnews

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 27, 2018

John was hard to get along with. His superiors generally didn’t like him. He was once fired from a job at the CIA. He’s not particularly bright. And then he found a patron in former CIA director George Tenet, who saved his career.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/07/25/the-case-for-stripping-former-officials-of-their-security-clearances/

By John Kiriakou

Libertarian senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said on Monday that in a personal meeting with President Donald Trump, he urged the president to revoke the security clearances of a half dozen former Obama-era intelligence officials, including former CIA director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. I couldn’t agree more with Paul’s position, not specifically regarding these three people, but for any former intelligence official. No former intelligence official should keep a security clearance, especially if he or she transitions to the media or to a corporate board.

The controversy specifically over Brennan’s clearance has been bubbling along for more than a year. He has been one of Trump’s most vocal and harshest critics. Last week he went so far as to accuse Trump of having committed “treason” during his meeting in Helsinki, Finland with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Brennan said in a tweet, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican patriots: Where are you???” The outburst was in response to Trump’s unwillingness to accept the Intelligence Community position that Putin and the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rand Paul to ask Trump to revoke security clearance of ex-CIA chief Brennan

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 23, 2018

When li$tening to $ome of the$e neocon/warparty “patriot$” you have to con$ider motivation$.

Brennan’s basic skill set consists of being able to lie to congress and get away with it.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/23/rand-paul-john-brennan-security-clearance-735620

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Sen. Rand Paul Monday said he is meeting with President Donald Trump to ask for former CIA director John Brennan to have his security clearance revoked.

“Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance? Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @realDonaldTrump,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted Monday morning. “Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance.”… Read the rest of this entry »

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Rand Paul: Congress Moves to Give the President Unlimited War Powers | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. Fox on May 8, 2018

Handing war-making power from Congress to the executive branch is not an exercise in congressional power. It is the final and full abandonment of that power. It is wrong, it is unconstitutional, and it should be stopped.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/rand-paul-congress-moves-to-give-the-president-unlimited-war-powers/

By RAND PAUL

In the near future, Congress will debate a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). I use the word “debate” lightly. So far, no hearings have been scheduled, and no testimony is likely to be heard unless something changes. That’s a shame, because this is a serious matter, and this is a deeply flawed AUMF.

For some time now, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to declare war. The status quo is that we are at war anywhere and anytime the president says so.

So Congress—in a very Congress way of doing things—has a “solution.” Instead of reclaiming its constitutional authority, it instead intends to codify the unacceptable, unconstitutional status quo… Read the rest of this entry »

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Rand Paul: Why I’ll Fight Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo Nominations | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 19, 2018

If we are to avoid a future that is war-torn and mired in endless conflicts, we must do better than appointing these flawed nominees. I find them unacceptable, and I won’t support them. I hope the president will reconsider, too.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/rand-paul-why-ill-fight-gina-haspels-and-mike-pompeos-nominations/

By Rand Paul

But when it comes to our place on the world stage, we are at a crossroads. We can continue to build on our recent successes by reaffirming America’s role as a trusted, powerful nation guided by principle. Or we can throw it all away by allowing neocon interventionists to infiltrate our leadership and make America the purveyor of destruction.

For decades, we have failed to bring about real peace thanks to a foreign policy guided by the idea that war and intervention are the answers. “Blow up and rebuild” has been the battle cry of those determined to keep us perpetually in conflict… Read the rest of this entry »

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Rand Paul: It’s Time for a New American Foreign Policy | The National Interest

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 14, 2018

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/rand-paul-its-time-new-american-foreign-policy-24862

What kind of job can you have where you are consistently wrong, yet get to still go on TV talking endlessly and making more wild predictions that will no doubt lead to the same failed result?

If you guessed “TV Weatherman” you’re close…but the job I’m referring to is “Neocon Foreign Policy Expert”

Being a neocon means never having to say you’re sorry, even trillions of dollars and decades into doomed wars….

Paul goes on to list the failures…it is a long article.

Be seeing you

 

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Rand Paul, Fiscal Hypocrisy and Military Spending-Is There a Method to the Madness?

Posted by M. C. Fox on February 9, 2018

We were having a light hearted on Rand Paul’s fiscal hypocrisy/government shutdown comments. I mentioned the only way out of the debt crisis was reneging on all the debt.

A colleague mentioned that is a good reason to keep up the military spending, we would need it. Think China and Russia.

Reneging is not an unheard of debt solution. Is this a scenario in the deep, dark, dank, decaying recesses of the pentagram, CIA and the CIA branch office-congress?

Be seeing you

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BETTE MIDLER JOKES ABOUT RAND PAUL BEING VIOLENTLY ASSAULTED

Posted by M. C. Fox on February 9, 2018

“Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?”

Progressive Hollywood humor. Desperation for another 15 seconds of fame.

Another Tweet filled post. ANNOYING! Does anyone read, let alone care about Hollywood Tweets other than Hollywood?

https://www.infowars.com/bette-midler-jokes-about-rand-paul-being-violently-assaulted/

Bette Midler joked about Rand Paul being violently assaulted when she sardonically tweeted, “Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?” during the Kentucky Senator’s effort to hold up the budget vote last night. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sen. Rand Paul: Bring home our troops and, yes, throw a parade

Posted by M. C. Fox on February 8, 2018

Afghanistan-The graveyard of empires.

Then again there are good reasons for hanging around. Oil, pipelines, keeping the pentagram suppliers busy, keeping Saudi Arabia happy, keeping Israel happy (how many Israeli/SA troops in Afghanistan-hard to tell– probably none).

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/07/sen-rand-paul-trump-s-military-parade-is-good-idea-if-bring-troops-home-from-afghanistan-first.html

Sen. Rand Paul

If victory requires the disparate tribes and regional factions of Afghanistan to have more allegiance to a regime in Kabul than to their local tribal leaders, then victory will never come.

We spend about $50 billion a year in Afghanistan. When quizzed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently, undersecretaries of Defense and State could not answer the most rudimentary of questions concerning the war. Read the rest of this entry »

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Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Ron Wyden take on the mass surveillance state | Rare

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 14, 2017

They’re agin it.

http://rare.us/rare-politics/populist/republican-rand-paul-and-democrat-ron-wyden-take-on-the-mass-surveillance-state/

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) discussed the dangers of governmental spying during a Monday night event at George Washington University.

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Victim Blame: Media Suggests Rand Paul Deserved To Be Attacked | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 8, 2017

In a post Constitutional, post liberty society the individual/free(dom) thinker must be shown no mercy. His brand of disease must not be allowed to spread.

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/victim-blame-media-suggests-rand-paul-deserved-to-be-attacked/

The media has got their narrative and they are sticking to it.

It doesn’t matter that a shooter specifically targetted a Republican softball practice in June. It didn’t fit the narrative that the right is brewing hatred and violence. So most media was quiet about the Democrat Bernie supporter shooter.

Senator Rand Paul was one of the members of Congress at that softball practice in June. And now, for the second time this year, he has been literally attacked by a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »

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