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.