Rand Paul: Why Are We Spending $8M in Fargo To Fight Terrorism?

Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 12:26 PM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has been openly critical of the militarization of local police forces by the federal government that has come to light during the tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, wants to know why Homeland Security has spent $8 million in Fargo, North Dakota to fight terrorism.

"Homeland Security gave $8 million to Fargo to fight terrorism," Paul said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

"I say, if the terrorists get to Fargo, we might as well give up," he told NBC's Senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing.

Urgent: Do You Support Rand Paul for President? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Story continues below video.

"I say that as a joke, but what are we doing spending $8 million in Fargo? What are we doing sending a tank — there's an armored personnel carrier in Keene, New Hampshire?" the Kentucky Republican asked.

The Kentucky Republican wrote an opinion piece for Time Magazine on Aug. 14 criticizing the use of military equipment in Ferguson, Missouri to fight back the protests and riots that broke out following the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

"There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response," Paul wrote.

"The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action," he added.

The Kentucky senator and potential candidate for president in 2016 said that Washington is to blame for the increased militarization of local police forces, saying that it's done "in the name of fighting the war on drugs or terrorism."

Paul said on "Meet the Press" that "that's why you have to change the whole war on drugs."

Story continues below video.

"It's not just this one instance," he explained. "I don't know what happened during the shooting, so I'm not going to make a judgement on the shooting. But I do know what's happening, [when] you look at who's in our prisons."

When looking at the large percentage of African Americans that make up the U.S. prison population, the Kentucky Republican said there's a reason why black Americans "perceive it as, 'my goodness, the police are out to get us," even if during the arrests "the thoughts that were going on at that time had nothing to do with race."

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of how military equipment is used by state and local police forces in light of the fallout in Ferguson.

Paul praised the decision to send an African American police officer to Ferguson, Missouri to talk to the people there in the face of protests that have occurred following the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

"One of the best things they've done in Ferguson is send an African American police officer down there to talk to people in the community," Paul said on "Meet the Press."

"That hadn't worked completely. I'll admit that," he said. "But it's a better way than shooting tear gas at people in their front yard."

Urgent: Do You Support Rand Paul for President? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Pataki: Obama to Blame for US Troubles Abroad

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 16:54 PM

President Barack Obama's "lead-from-behind" strategy is to blame for most of America's problems abroad, former New York  . . .

Variety's Wallenstein: How Obama Took Sony's Crisis From Bad to Worse

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 15:53 PM

If there are such things as textbooks in the field of crisis management, the Sony Pictures hack might end up in the chap . . .

Fox News Blocked From Dish Network

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 15:20 PM

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved