Former Intelligence Officials Should be Stripped of Their Security Clearances

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou argues that no former intelligence official should be allowed to keep their security clearances when they leave government, especially if they work in the media.

Former Obama-era intelligence officials.

Libertarian senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said on Monday that in a personal meeting with President Donald Trump, he urged the president to revoke the security clearances of a half dozen former Obama-era intelligence officials, including former CIA director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former

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Rand Paul Calls War Hawk Lindsey Graham ‘A Danger to the Country’

“What you’ve seen with Lindsey Graham is a naive worldview where he believes that war is always the answer, and that also means that expenditures for war are always the answer.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

While U.S. senators often go out of their way not to excessively disparage their colleagues in personal terms, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took the rare step Monday of declaring fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) a "danger to the country." Paul made the comments on CNN while discussing the North Korea summit with Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation

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Thanks to Rand Paul’s “Cowardly Flip-Flop,” Senate Approves Warmonger Pompeo

“In voting to recommend Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted against diplomacy today, and for a foreign policy even more inclined towards war.”

Protesters disrupt a confirmation vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who has faced considerable opposition before the panel, as Marc Short, center, the White House legislative liaison, sits in the audience, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 23, 2018. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) decided to support President Donald Trump's Secretary of State pick Mike Pompeo at the last minute in a "cowardly flip-flop," the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday voted along party lines to advance Pompeo to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. "In voting to recommend Mike Pompeo for Secretary

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Rand Paul Blocks Defense Bill Over Indefinite Detention

Sen. Paul is seeking two amendments, one which ends NDAA authorization for the indefinite detention of suspects, and another related to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.


Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) has blocked a motion by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) to advance the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the massive military spending bill, saying that the bill should instead face debate and possible amendments. This sets the This sets the bill back for 6 weeks, at least. In particular, Sen. Paul

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Senate Bipartisan Effort Seeks To Block Trump’s Saudi Weapons Deal

Republican Rand Paul and Democrats Chris Murphy and Al Franken introduced a resolution of disapproval in the Senate to force a vote on whether to block part of the sale.

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for Israel, the next stop in Trump's international tour, at King Khalid International Airport, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP/Evan Vucci)

US lawmakers introduced legislation yesterday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Republican Rand Paul and Democrats Chris Murphy and Al Franken introduced a resolution of disapproval in the Senate to force a vote on whether to block part of the sale. The Senate Foreign Relations

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Rand Paul To Force Vote On Massive Saudi Arms Deal, Warns Sales Would Drag US Into Yemen War

Sen. Paul argued that increasing US armament of the Saudis would mean deeper US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen. That of course is something many in the Trump Administration want at any rate, so for them that is seen as a bonus, if anything.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. holds up his cell phone as he speaks before announcing the start of his presidential campaign, in Louisville, Ky. Key Patriot Act anti-terror provisions, including bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, expire at midnight unless senators come up with an 11th hour deal in an extraordinary Sunday afternoon session.

  Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) intends to force a vote in the Senate on the record US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, a deal which the Trump Administration has estimated will be worth some $350 billion over the decade. The Arms Export Control Act gives senators 10 days to bring up opposition to arms sales, and Paul will have to act particularly fast

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