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Rand Paul: Americans Should Fear CIA 'Drunk With Power'

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 10:52 AM

By Joe Battaglia

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul believes Americans should be afraid of an intelligence community he believes to be unapologetically "drunk with power."

Paul, who will deliver a speech Wednesday at the University of California Berkeley, shared planned remarks with Politico in which he will raise the prospect of "dystopian nightmares."

"I don't know about you, but I'm worried," Paul says in the prepared speech. "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 come on the heels of accusations made last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, that the CIA may have conducted unauthorized searches of computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers.

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CIA Director John Brennan has denied the allegation, saying "nothing could be further from the truth."

Paul, who is strongly considering a 2016 presidential bid, is speaking at Cal-Berkeley, a historically liberal institution, as part of an ongoing effort to broaden the base of the Republican Party. He hopes that his long-held privacy concerns could sway young voters to his more Libertarian political views.


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