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Senator Rand Paul calls for “bipartisan, independent, far reaching” investigation into intelligence activities

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On March 19, 2014, Senator Rand Paul spoke at the Berkeley Forum at the University of California, blasting the surveillance state and calling for a Church Committee style investigation into the activities of the NSA, FBI, and CIA. He told the Bay Area audience he would return to Washington DC and immediately push for a "bipartisan, independent, and far reaching" investigation into the activities of the so-called intelligence community.

"If the CIA is spying on Congress, who exactly can, or will, stop them?" Paul asked. "I look into the eyes of senators and I think I see real fear. Maybe it's just my imagination, but I think I perceive fear of an intelligence community that's drunk with power, unrepentant, and uninclined to relinquish power. I'm honestly worried and concerned about who is really in charge of our government." Preach.

You may not agree with Senator Paul on a host of other issues, but it appears as if he plans to make robust opposition to the out of control deep state a major platform for his 2016 presidential run. I for one don't really care if he's just playing politics or if this comes from the heart. Getting a thorough, Church-style investigation of the intelligence organizations might be the best thing a presidential election season has ever given us.

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