CLUELESS IN KENTUCKY:
Senator Rand Paul is “clueless in Kentucky” on one of the biggest spy scandals in American history, says Cliff Kincaid of the public policy group America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI) “The Kentucky Senator’s support for NSA traitor Edward Snowden likely spells doom for his 2016 presidential hopes,” Kincaid said. “The American people will never forgive or forget his sympathy for this traitor."
ASI's complete coverage of the spy scandal is available at www.usasurvival.org
"Senator Paul grilled Hillary Clinton over Benghazi but has put his head in the sand on the Snowden case," ASI President Kincaid said. "The Republicans were handed a case of treachery on Obama's watch and yet Rand Paul praises Snowden and joins forces with the ACLU and the far-left to subvert the NSA programs that have been demonstrably effective in protecting America. It is completely bizarre and constitutes political suicide."
ASI has long argued for more, not less, surveillance of America's enemies at home and abroad, and urges the return of Congressional committees dealing with internal security or un-American activities.
ASI's “Clueless in Kentucky” YouTube video examines the Senator’s pathetic defense of Snowden on CNN on Sunday as someone who "told the truth in the name of privacy." Kincaid commented, "Such reckless comments only encourage more federal employees with classified information to break the law, disclose information damaging to national security, and seek the protection of hostile regimes. Telling the truth in a case like this -- assuming that's what he did -- breaks the law and aids the enemy." (Some of Snowden's claims about the reach of the NSA surveillance programs have been denounced as false.)
The headlines from the CNN appearance were that Senator Paul had warned Snowden not to cozy up to the Russians or the Chinese. "Senator Paul sounded tough," Kincaid said, "except that the remarks displayed ignorance about the significance of Snowden's travel plans and the fact that Snowden was already on his way to Moscow from China. What's more, Paul told CNN that Russia and China and various Latin American Marxist regimes Snowden may travel to were only 'perceived' enemies, another major gaffe."
But the ignorance and misrepresentations on the part of the Republican Senator don't end there.
"In asking for names on a petition to sue the NSA, Rand Paul calls the agency 'Obama's NSA,' when in fact it has been run by Army General Keith Alexander since 2005 --before Obama was elected president," Kincaid noted. "We at America's Survival are proud to say that we support General Alexander, the NSA and all the patriots who work there. Sen. Paul should do and say the same."
One recipient replied: “I have been bombarded with emails from Rand Paul asking for donations to help him file a lawsuit against the NSA. There is an ad in the margin of every website offering a chance to sign a petition and donate to support his lawsuit. This lawsuit is a waste of time and money because it will be immediately dismissed. The NSA and their secret activities were approved by Congress as part of the Patriot Act, and the courts will rule that the NSA is legal.”
“The focus,” Kincaid added, “should be on finding more spies and traitors in the U.S. Government, not supporting those who break the law, commit espionage, and flee to an enemy sanctuary. Yet Rand Paul proposes suing the NSA and using legislation to ‘reform’ it. This plays into the hands of the radical left and even Obama, who campaigned against these ‘spying’ programs.”
"Rather than ferret out more moles," Kincaid noted, "Sen. Paul is openly working with the ACLU to cripple the NSA's terrorist surveillance programs. Nothing would please the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians and our Islamic enemies more." The ACLU's Laura Murphy did in fact appear at a Rand Paul anti-NSA press conference.
ASI recognized Snowden as en enemy agent from the get-go, citing the Marxist ties of his handler and media mouthpiece, Glenn Greenwald, and his escape to China. ASI compares the Snowden case to that of CIA defector Philip Agee, who became a Soviet/Cuban agent. (ASI published the FBI file on the Agee case).
ASI has placed an advertisement on the Canada Free Press website showing Snowden behind bars. “It is shocking that so many conservatives have joined with the left in making this criminal out to be a patriotic whistleblower,” Kincaid said.
In his latest column, “Snowden's Dupes Caught Red-faced,” on the site www.usasurvival.org , Kincaid says, “The genius behind Snowden’s defection…was to frame his revelations in terms of alleging that he was a ‘whistleblower’ who was informing the American people that they were being spied upon. Some prominent conservatives and libertarians fell for the ruse, thinking Obama was using the NSA like the IRS, and that the Fourth Amendment was in jeopardy."
Subsequent disclosures from Snowden were clearly intended to benefit the Chinese and the Russians, and he claims to have the names of American covert agents."Snowden's phony cover story was taken hook, line, and sinker, by gullible dupes on the right," said Kincaid. "They should admit they were taken in, reverse course, and come to the defense of the NSA before another front-line U.S. intelligence agency is emasculated in the name of 'reform.' Obama would gladly sign such a bill, under pressure from his 'progressive' base and with the votes of conservative, libertarian and Tea Party dupes on Capitol Hill. That may be precisely what he is counting on. It would help him accomplish what he may secretly desire.”