If Elected, This Repub Promises To Do Something BIG To Americans Thinking Of Joining ISIS

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is expected to announce that he will join the already crowded Republican primary presidential field on June 1.

Graham, a defense hawk, aligns himself with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who feel the United States needs to be more engaged in the Middle East to quell the rise of ISIS and support stability in the region.

Graham used the occasion of the Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend to highlight just how aggressive he would be regarding Americans seeking to join ISIS.

As reported by the Washington Post, he said, “If I’m president of the United States and you’re thinking about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL [the Islamic State], I’m not gonna call a judge,” which was a reference to Sen. Rand Paul’s, R-K.Y., earlier remark about how the NSA should call a judge to obtain a warrant before tapping into people’s phone records. “I’m gonna call a drone and we will kill you.”

Paul famously conducted a filibuster blocking a vote on President Obama’s CIA Director nominee in March of 2013 in order to get a commitment from the president, in writing, that drones would not be used to strike Americans on U.S. soil.

As reported by Western Journalism, Paul started a filibuster on Wednesday regarding the re-authorization of the Patriot Act.

Graham recently told CNN that he believes the United States should deploy a total of 10,000 troops to Iraq to help restore peace and combat ISIS.

The senator did not specify where he would conduct his drone strikes if elected president.

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Watch Live: Rand Paul Is Now Filibustering The Patriot Act

He did it in 2013 — Sen. Rand Paul famously filibustered for nearly 13 hours against the Obama administration’s policy to use drone strikes to target U.S. citizens deemed enemy combatants operating in foreign countries. Now, the Kentucky Republican and GOP presidential hopeful is doing it again — taking to the Senate floor to try to block reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act, especially the section that supposedly empowers the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk.

Sen. Paul took control of the upper chamber at 1:18pm on Wednesday, just as the Senate heads down to the wire over parts of the PATRIOT Act slated to expire at the end of the month. Senators are set to leave Washington at the end of the week; so if Paul’s talk-a-thon is successful, the legislation to keep the NSA mass surveillance program intact could be in jeopardy.

As The Daily Caller notes in its coverage of Paul’s filibuster, the presidential contender has made his commitment to reining in what he considers to be excessive government domestic spying a centerpiece of his campaign.

“In a campaign email to supporters, posted online by a reporter from Time magazine, Paul said: ‘I will not rest. I will not back down. I will not yield one inch in this fight so long as my legs can stand.’”

In opposing the parts of the PATRIOT Act he considers excessive and overbearing, Sen. Paul is standing against his fellow Republican senator from the Bluegrass State, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has pushed for a straight extension of the controversial surveillance law.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch a live stream of Rand Paul’s filibuster. It’s unknown how long Paul will speak, given that the Senate is currently working through the 30 hours of debate on a trade bill and is scheduled to vote one hour after the chamber convenes on Thursday.

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Appellate Court Nails NSA Spying and Patriot Act

Mayday, Mayday! A New York federal court just nailed the NSA for spying on Americans. In a 97-page ruling, the Second Circuit Court ruled that the heart and soul of the so-called Patriot Act, known as Section 215, is constitutionally flawed; and it cannot be legally interpreted as allowing mass snooping on the phone calls of U.S. citizens!

The timing of this May 2015 ruling is extremely significant since the Patriot Act is set to expire on June 1, 2015.

This is causing power craving, ultra-controlling politicians to have outright panic attacks. Unless they do something very quickly, they will be forced to honor constitutional rule of law. And, gasp, people can have private conversations again in America!

But don’t jump for joy yet. The political scoundrels have regrouped and are now pushing for a so-called reform measure called the Freedom Act. Only one problem: i’s worse than the Patriot Act. The so-called Freedom Act, if implemented, would, as Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano put it, “legitimize all spying all the time on all of us in ways that the Patriot Act fails to do. It is no protection of privacy; it is no protection of constitutional liberty. It unleashes American spies on innocent Americans in utter disregard of the Fourth Amendment.”

Ironically, the NSA’s data collection center is located in the town of Bluffdale, Utah. So what do you say it’s time to call everyone’s bluff. Let’s make it an acid test of who to support this election season. Even if a professing conservative supports either renewing the Patriot Act or the new phony Freedom Act, show him the Right Foot of Fellowship–and that includes Ted Cruz. Et Tu, Ted? As admirable as Senator Cruz is on many issues, if he is on the wrong side of this issue, he can’t be trusted on lesser issues. Hopefully the unwavering stand of Ted’s buddy Rand Paul will motivate Cruz to abandon his current inexplicable support for the Freedom Act, and to once again stand firm in supporting our Fourth Amendment rights.

Judge Andrew Napolitano’s repudiation of the Patriot Act in his May 14 column is constitutionally unassailable. He wrote, “The Patriot Act is the centerpiece of the federal government’s false claims that by surrendering our personal liberties to it, it can somehow keep us safe. The liberty-for-safety offer has been around for millennia and was poignant at the time of the founding of the American republic.

“The Framers addressed it in the Constitution itself, where they recognized the primacy of the right to privacy and insured against its violation by the government by intentionally forcing it to jump through some difficult hoops before it can capture our thoughts, words or private behavior.

“Those hoops are the requirement of a search warrant issued by a judge and based on evidence — called probable cause — demonstrating that it is more likely than not that the government will find what it is looking for from the person or place it is targeting. Only then may a judge issue a warrant, which must specifically describe the place to be searched or specifically identify the person or thing to be seized.

“None of this is new. It has been at the core of our system of government since the 1790s. It is embodied in the Fourth Amendment, which is at the heart of the Bill of Rights. It is quintessentially American.”

Wow! If we can only get our politicians to embrace constitutional chat like this, we might just get back our Constitutional Republic!

Napolitano went on to explain that The Patriot Act makes an unconstitutional end run around the search warrant requirement by employing language left intentionally vague so that the feds can interpret it any way they want. And to add insult to injury, they used a secret court called a FISA court to legitimize their illegitimate actions, far from the prying and probing eyes of We the People and what’s left of the Free Press, resulting in their ability to spy on anyone and everyone whenever they choose–and they chose to spy on everyone all the time–including having the Draconian ability to actually turn on our cell phones remotely, using them as listening devices–in real time!

This is the end of our video; but if you still are leaning toward replacing the Patriot Act with the Freedom Act, consider this: The NSA supports the Freedom Act!

Read Judge Napolitano’s column on this subject.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Something Strange About This Fox News 2016 Presidential Poll Has Many Up In Arms

Is Fox News playing favorites with how the network is reporting on the polling of the various GOP Republican presidential candidates?

Nick Morphus, writing for Rare, noticed that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has consistently earned bad placement in the graphics Fox News shows its viewers regarding the poll results.

For example, earlier this week, Fox reported on a poll it conducted and displayed a graphic on the screen showing the match-ups of eight potential GOP nominees–but missing from that image was Rand Paul. Not only was Paul missing from the image; he wasn’t even included in the poll match-up with Hillary Clinton, despite other polling showing the Kentucky senator beating her in some early battleground states like New Hampshire, Iowa, and Colorado.

Fox News Screen Shot - Rand Paul - R

Image Credit: Fox News (screen capture)

If Paul got the Fox snub once, it could be chalked up to an oversight in the polling (a pretty big one); but last month, the network put a graphic on its screen from an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Despite Paul having the best results in a match-up against Clinton, he was placed at the bottom of the list, which was not in alphabetical or any other discernible order.

Image Credit: Fox News (screen capture)

Image Credit: Fox News (screen capture)

The one common denominator between the two images is that Jeb Bush always gets top billing.

Do you think Fox News is purposely trying to give Rand Paul the short end of the stick? Please leave your comments below. 

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Is Fox News Hiding Rand Paul With Their Polls?

Is Fox News playing favorites with how the network is reporting on the polling of the various GOP Republican presidential candidates?

Nick Morphus, writing for Rare, noticed that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has consistently earned bad placement in the graphic Fox News shows its viewers regarding the poll results.

For example, earlier this week, Fox reported on a poll it conducted and displayed a graphic on the screen showing the match-ups of eight potential GOP nominees–but missing from that image was Rand Paul. Not only was Paul missing from the image; he wasn’t even included in the poll, despite other polling showing the Kentucky senator beating Hillary Clinton in some early battleground states like New Hampshire, Iowa, and Colorado.

Fox News Screen Shot - Rand Paul - R

Image Credit: Fox News (screen capture)

If Paul got the Fox snub once, it could be chalked up to an oversight in the polling (a pretty big one); but last month, the network put a graphic on its screen from an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Despite Paul having the best results in a match-up against Clinton, he was placed at the bottom of the list, which was not in alphabetical or any other discernible order.

Image Credit: Fox News (screen capture)

Image Credit: Fox News (screen capture)

The one common denominator between the two images is that Jeb Bush always gets top billing.

Do you think Fox News is purposely trying to give Rand Paul the short end of the stick? Please leave your comments below. 

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth