Rand Paul to Speak at Berkley About The Intelligence Community Being ‘Drunk With Power’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) will deliver an address to students at the University of California-Berkeley that paints a dark portrait of the intelligence community as power hungry and out of control, according to excerpts from the speech obtained by Politico. Paul, who is expected to make a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, will be speaking to the politically liberal crowd on close to 400 students this afternoon (3:30 PM PST) at the Berkeley Forum, in the Chevron Auditorium of International House.

According to Politico, Paul will talk about how he is worried – as are his colleagues in the Congress – about the government's alleged spying on lawmakers – and how the intelligence community is drunk with power that it has no plans on relinquishing.

“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.”

The Kentucky Republican is heavily weighing a 2016 presidential bid. On a related note Attorney General Eric Holder told the press that he does not know if the Justice Department will launch an investigation into allegations that the CIA has spied on lawmakers who are investigating its questionable torture techniques during the Bush era.

Source: Politico

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Pretty much. Rand could give a crap about doing the right thing, it's all about making Obama look bad, which, honestly, he's doing a fine job of himself.

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    Conster says:

    I'm not sure someone who filibusters to demand answers to questions that get answered a few hours before his filibuster begins, and who thinks it's okay to launch drone strikes on liquor store robbers, would be very good at solving issues.

    Anyway, what the US probably needs is not a good president, but for the government as a whole to start sucking less.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    On an related note Eric 'My People' Holder has decided to look into conservative allegations of abuse by the IRS and who does he get to chair this? Why Eric Holder Jr himself!

    Anyways, I remember when Rand Paul's father first spoke during the 08 election for the primaries. You had a couple RINO Republicans and Conservative Republicans and what does Paul do? He says things to piss off everyone! What we need now is not a Liberal Democratic, RINO (Liberal) Republican, nor a bible pushing conservative like Reagan. We need a moderate who is willing to piss off both sides and get the issues that need to be handled, handled. If it means we suffer so our future for our children can be a better one then that is what needs to be done. Thats what every generation before us except the Baby Boomers have done for us.

    What kills me though is the RINO Republicans and the Liberal Democrats like Dianne Feinstein support spying on the people to protect us! She supports recording every single e-mail and conservation we have but when it comes to the Gov spying on her its of course a problem.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    That is highly possible. Obama campaigned on the promise of being the most transparent presidency in history. Once in office his administration has denied more FOIA requests than any previous presidency, has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all presidents before him combined, and has openly supported the NSA and all its practices.

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