From Politico.com: “Rand Paul’s Berkeley talk: A U.S. dystopia?”
The Kentucky Republican, who is heavily weighing a 2016 presidential bid, is speaking at the historically liberal bastion at a time when he is seeking to broaden the GOP base. He has long pointed to privacy concerns as an issue that could woo young people to a more libertarian-leaning Republican brand — like his.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m worried,” he will say, according to an early look at remarks shared exclusively with POLITICO’s Playbook. “If the CIA is spying on Congress, who exactly can or will stop them? I look into the eyes of senators and I think I see real fear. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I think I perceive FEAR of an intelligence community drunk with power, unrepentant, and uninclined to relinquish power.”
Paul’s remarks will follow Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) charges last week that the CIA may have conducted unauthorized searches of computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers. CIA Director John Brennan has denied the allegation.
“I am honestly worried,” Paul is to say, “concerned about who is truly in charge of our government. Most of you have read the dystopian nightmares and maybe, like me, you doubted that it could ever happen in America.”
Some of us have been pounding this table for a long time… and while it’s very late, it’s nice to see someone in DC is finally—finally—beginning to ask the right questions.
We are living in the movie “Enemy of the State.”
Beyond this… it’s not just the Intelligence Community that is the problem–it’s Congress, too. Far too much power invested in one group of fallible, often compromised, men and women.
The Constitution is NOT a tired, old document—it is an enduring blueprint, founded in profound sociological truths that NO ONE can be trusted with great power.