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Rep. Peter King: Rand Paul ‘Disgraced His Office’ With Clapper Attacks

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This is from NewsMax.

I have a correction for Peterless King RINO NY you are

the disgrace to your office not Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky).

Rand’s remarks about James Clapper.

James Clapper may have been a good general but as the

Director of National Intelligence.

After all he praised the Muslim Brother Hood as a

secular group instead of the murderous scum they are.

 

New York Rep. Peter King on Thursday ripped into Sen. Rand Paul for his attack on Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, charging that his fellow Republican “disgraced his office — and he owes General Clapper an apology immediately.”

“That is absolutely disgraceful to compare General Clapper with a traitor,” King, who confirmed to Newsmax in July that he was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN.

He was referring to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency subcontractor who leaked information about the government’s vast electronic surveillance programs. Paul told Blitzer on Wednesday that Clapper posed a greater threat to the nation’s security than Snowden.

“For Senator Paul to compare that patriot, General Clapper, with someone like Snowden — who is a traitor, who has put American lives at risk — Senator Paul should be ashamed of himself,” King said. “It’s an absolute disgrace.”

Paul, who represents Kentucky, said in his interview that Clapper’s testimony to Congress in March — in which he said that the NSA “not wittingly” collected data on millions of Americans — amounted to “lying.”

Clapper later called the statement “clearly erroneous” and apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Paul told Blitzer on Wednesday that Clapper’s testimony was “probably more injurious to our intelligence capabilities than anything Snowden did.

“Clapper has damaged the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus — and I’m not sure what to believe anymore when they come to Congress,” Paul said.

In his attack on Paul, King said that Clapper had been put “in an impossible position” in the committee’s public session, since the member who posed the question, Democratic Sen. Rob Wyden of Oregon, had obtained more specific information in a classified meeting.

“He knew that General Clapper could not give the full answer because it would let our enemies know what we were doing,” King told CNN. “The question was wrong. General Clapper gave the best answer he could.”

King, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also said that he opposed a letter released on Wednesday by seven House Republicans calling for the Justice Department to begin a criminal investigation of whether Clapper had lied to Congress at the March hearing.

The letter, King said, came from “the isolationist wing of the party,” likening it to “radical left-wing Democrats of the 1960s.”

“These are people who are apologizing for America,” the senator said. “That is not the Republican tradition. That is not the tradition of Ronald Reagan. That is not a Republican position.”

King lodged into his rant against Paul as he attacked a report released on Wednesday by a presidential advisory committee that recommended the NSA be limited in how it seizes Americans’ telephone and Internet records without court approval.

“This commission is caving in to political correctness,” King told Blitzer. “The fact is no Americans have had their rights violated. No American citizens’ calls are being listened to unless they’re in contact with terrorists. No one’s name is on file, no one’s address is on file. This is a totally phony issue.”

The interview began with King endorsing the bipartisan legislation introduced by 26 senators that would tighten sanctions on Iran if it violates the nuclear deal reached with world powers last month or lets the accord expire without a long term agreement.

The senators, 13 Republicans and Democrats each, defied President Barack Obama in putting forth the sanctions bill and drew a veto threat.

“If Iran is serious about the agreement, they should have no problems with the sanctions,” King said. “The sanctions only kick in if they don’t comply with the agreement.

“The president should want these sanctions as a weapon to hold over the Iranians,” he added. “The president is making a very serious mistake in threatening to veto this bill.”

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Ron Paul fans furious over Rand Paul’s drone flip-flop

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This is from Foreign Policy.

Has Rand Paul lost his mind?

He just shot any chance of being elected president in 2016

He has just alienated  most of his voters base.

 

 

Ron Paul‘s vibrant fan base is in open rebellion today over Rand Paul’s reversal on domestic drone strikes. The Kentucky senator, whose famous 13-hour Senate floor filibuster did much to strengthen his ties with his father’s hardcore following, told Fox Business Network on Tuesday he’s OK with drone strikes on American citizens who, for instance, rob a liquor store.

“I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,” Paul said. “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”

While it’s true that Paul has always made an exception for “imminent threats” — a 9/11-like moment — the liquor store scenario struck many libertarians as a very low threshold for domestic drone strikes, especially considering Paul’s Senate floor remarks, which if you recall, took a more anti-drone stance. Here’s Paul on the Senate floor:

I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.

Now, a phalanx of Ron Paul and libertarian forums are revolting at the senator’s perceived reversal.

“I am stunned by Rand’s statement,” reads a blog post on the Daily Paul, one of the largest Ron Paul fan sites. “Unmanned killers in our skys O.K.??? Really? Get away from the Neocons and war mongers Rand, their arrogant and self-righteous air is rotting your brain.”

“How cute. The Politician emerges,” wrote Paladin69, a user on RonPaulForums.com.

“I disagree with shooting first and asking questions later,” added forum administrator Josh Lowry.

“The hell with arresting him I guess,” wrote user The Gold Standard sarcastically. “Just fire a missile at him and move on to the next mundane.”

Reddit‘s brand of libertarian politics also repelled Paul’s hypothetical. “A missile into the storefront seems like dramatically excessive force,” wrote Reddit user Ohyeahthatsright. “Rand then seems to be supporting the militarization of police in their use of ‘tools’. I thought he was against the ‘police state.'”

Other libertarian-leaning commentators, such as the American Conservative’s Jordan Bloom, gavePaul more credit. “Paul wasn’t as clear as he should have been,” he writes. “It seems like he’s trying to describe a firefight-type situation in which the cops are forced to neutralize a thief robbing a liquor store, but the way he actually describes it sounds far more innocuous.”

Today’s flap is not the first he’s had with his father’s powerful online fan base, and it surely won’t be the last. But by all accounts, his principled filibuster greatly rejuvenated his credibility with libertarians following his heretical endorsement of Mitt Romney during the presidential election. With today’s remarks, he appears to have chipped away at that newly gained goodwill.

 

Sources: Rand Paul to push legislation nullifying Obama’s executive actions on guns

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This is from The Daily Caller.

I have emailed my  Senator’s and asked them to support Sen.Paul’s legislation.

But I am sad to say one Senator is a recently elected Democrat and the other a RINO.

But the RINO is up for reelection so that may Sen.Coats to support Sen.Paul.

 

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation in Congress soon nullifying the executive orders on guns announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to The Daily Caller.

The Republican legislator plans to reveal his plans for legislation during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News on Wednesday night, the source said.

Obama on Wednesday announced during a White House ceremony that he plans to initiate 23 executive actions meant to curb gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre last year.

The news was first reported during the Fox News show “The Five” on Wednesday by anchor Eric Bolling.

“I’m told Sen. Rand Paul will introduce language within hours, within hours, to call for the nullification and prohibition of funding for the president’s executive actions announced today and possibly even using the federal courts to nullify and defund some of the things that he plans on doing,” Bolling said.

The Capitol Hill source told TheDC that Paul’s legislation is expected to do three things: nullify Obama’s executive orders, defund them and ask the Senate to file a court challenge to them. (RELATED: Rep. Stockman promises to ‘lead the fight’ against executive orders)

UPDATE: Appearing on Hannity, Paul said he’ll introduce the bill early next week. “In this bill, we will nullify anything the president does that smacks of legislation. And there are several of the executive orders that appear as if he’s writing new law. That cannot happen.”

“I’m afraid that President Obama may have this king complex sort of developing, and we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Paul said.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/16/sources-rand-paul-to-push-legislation-nullifying-obamas-executive-orders-on-guns/#ixzz2IomIvApP

Sen. Paul eyes floor vote on stripping Pakistan aid unless jailed doctor released

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This is from Fox News Politics.
America should have help this man and his family leave Pakistan.

But Barack Milhous Capone Kardashian is a fool and pro muslim.

I say we should not be sending Pakistan anything.

The case of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor imprisoned after helping the CIA track Usama bin Laden, hasn’t fallen by the wayside just yet.

Sen. Rand Paul claims to have enough support to force a vote on the Senate floor later this month on a bill stripping Pakistan of U.S. aid unless Afridi is released.

The vote, if it happens, would come at a diplomatically inconvenient time for the Obama administration. The State Department recently announced it had struck a deal with Pakistan to reopen long-shuttered supply lines into Afghanistan — the thaw came after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly apologized for a NATO strike last fall that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Following the agreement, top Capitol Hill lawmakers signaled they would free up $1.1 billion in U.S. aid to Pakistan that had been held up for six months over the standoff.

But Paul, R-Ky., wants to push ahead on his vote anyway, citing Afridi’s plight. The bill apparently could not stop the $1.1 billion from being transferred, but aims to lock down future funds.

Paul appears to be giving Pakistan one more chance before moving ahead. Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley told FoxNews.com the senator is eyeing July 20 for a vote, one day after a scheduled July 19 appeal date for Afridi. Bagley described the July 20 vote as “tentative … pending results of Dr. Afridi’s appeal.”

Though congressional leaders reportedly are opposed to the vote, Bagley said Paul has enough signatures on what’s known as a cloture petition to force one anyway.

Afridi’s cause has over the past several weeks become somewhat buried amid the far-louder debates over health care, taxes, immigration and the presidential campaign itself.

On the House side, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has been pressing Afridi’s case for weeks, ever since the Pakistani doctor was sentenced in May to 33 years in prison. But Rohrabacher recently expressed concern that lawmakers and other officials were losing interest in the case.

“It doesn’t appear that other people are taking this case seriously,” Rohrabacher told FoxNews.com last month. “If we let that person just hang on a limb and forget him, now that he’s put himself in danger for us — well shame on us.”

But Paul has been quietly pressing Afridi’s case from the upper chamber. According to Bagley, Paul spoke with Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman, as well as the top representative to the region from the State Department. She said he remains hopeful Pakistan will free Afridi.

Afridi’s brother Jamil told Fox News in May that Shakil Afridi had suffered torture while in custody ahead of his sentencing. At the time, Jamil Afridi appealed for the U.S. Embassy to help fight his legal case.

The State Department has said it’s still focused on the case, and that it continues to urge Pakistan to consider his appeal in an “expeditious” and “transparent” manner.

Without addressing the Afridi case, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said last week after the border-crossing agreement that “we’re really looking to moving forward with Pakistan in our relationship as best we can.”

Meanwhile, lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to free up the $1.1 billion in Pakistan aid sidelined since last fall.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., and one of the panel’s top Republicans, Lindsey Graham, said the money should be released, albeit reluctantly.

“They don’t deserve it. What they’ve done is presumably earned it by the amount of money they’ve laid out in terms of their anti-terrorist activity and protecting our lines,” Levin told a group of reporters earlier this week.

He said he would vote to approve the release.

The Pentagon intends to submit $1.1 billion in approved requests for reimbursement of money the Pakistan government has spent on counterterrorism operations that were incurred largely along the border.

“If you cut the money off, what leverage do you have? There may come a day when we do that, but not yet,” Graham said.

 

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