Are revelations that Susan Rice, as President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, was unmasking names of people related to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and transition in surveilled conversations a big deal? Yes, concludes former United States House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul.
In a new interview at Fox Business, Paul predicts that purported Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election “will go on the back burner” as focus intensifies on US surveillance of people associated with Trump. Regarding Rice, Paul says that “it sounds to me like she could be in a lot of trouble.”
Watch Paul’s complete interview here:
Paul discussed the Susan Rice revelations further in the Tuesday episode of the Ron Paul Liberty Report.
Interviewed Wednesday at Fox Business by host Kennedy, libertarian communicator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul praised former President Barack Obama for placing some restraints on the United States government transferring military weapons to local police and criticized the potential action by President Donald Trump to resume the full flow of military weapons. Says Paul, “this combination of the federal government and the military providing the weapons for local police, that’s a long way from what the Founders intended or the Constitution says; they’re not supposed to be involved in this.”
Early information arising from a US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee investigation into possible United States government spying on Donald Trump and people associated with him appears to show that information about individuals associated with Trump and his presidential transition was collected through surveillance by, and was widely distributed in, the US intelligence community.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Wednesday that “on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about US citizens involved in the Trump transition” and that “details about US persons associated with the incoming administration – details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value – were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.”
Lawrence Wilkerson, a former Army colonel and chief of staff for Colin Powell at the United States Department of State, expressed this week strong criticism of the US government adding more and more nations to its enemies list. Speaking with host Paul Jay at the Real News Network this week, Wilkerson, who is a professor at the College of William & Mary, concludes that, even with the large amount of money the US spends on the military, it is “utterly beyond our capacity to deal with all these enemies” that the US has generated.
In the interview, which is largely focused on some individuals’ effort to influence US foreign policy toward creating intensified animosity between the governments of the US and Russia, Wilkerson explains further his concern about the long list of US enemies. Wilkerson states:
What I can’t fathom right now is why anyone would want, with the situation the way it is right now in this country, another enemy. You know that old conservation of enemies theory: You don’t want any more than you can handle at any given time. Look at who we’re lining up, Paul. We’re lining up China. We’re lining up Iran and all that goes along with Iran, including Hezbollah in Lebanon. We are lining up with North Korea. We are lining up with Russia. This is absurd. John McCain and Lindsay Graham can pontificate all day long, but I’m going to tell you that they’re idiots. We do not need an enemy list that is beyond what we could even in the most wild moment contemplate handling. We don’t have the military forces to handle all these enemies, and, yet, we’re bearding them, as it were.
Ron Paul, the prominent libertarian communicator and three-time US presidential candidate, declared this week in a Fox Business interview that it is “fantastic” that WikiLeaks revealed on Tuesday thousands of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents and files. Speaking with host Kennedy, Paul further says that the information exposed “indicates that liberty is in big trouble” and states his concern about there having been insufficient media coverage of the information.
Watch Paul’s complete interview, in which he also talks about potential dangers related to technology, here:
Interviewed Tuesday by host Kennedy at Fox Business regarding efforts by United States House of Representatives members to limit US wars overseas, former House member Ron Paul (R-TX) agreed with Kennedy’s assessment that the ability to unilaterally pursue war is “the most egregious area where there is too much power concentrated in the presidency.” Paul proceeded to explain that “it has been that way for a long time,” pointing to the Korean War and Vietnam War that were fought without the constitutionally required congressional war declarations.
Noting congressional leadership’s opposition to reining in presidential war powers, Paul advises that House and Senate members can still exercise “the power of the purse” to end wars by refusing to approve legislation funding the wars.