Ron Paul: The CIA conducted a coup in the US

posted at 1:25 pm on January 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I remember well during 2007 getting tons of pushback every time I would criticize Ron Paul for his loopy statements on foreign policy or his years of playing footsie with white supremacists while marketing his newsletter. Paul makes good sense often on economics and the intrusiveness of government, but he’s essentially a conspiracy theorist whose presence in Congress is much more problematic than beneficial for conservatives and the GOP, with whom he’s nominally associated. Basically, if you think of Paul as our Dennis Kucinich, then it makes it much easier to understand the following hysterical rant captured at a January 15th appearance in Atlanta at the Campaign for Liberty conference and posted at Weasel Zippers, who provides the transcript:

There’s been a coup, have you heard? It’s the CIA coup. The CIA runs everything, they run the military. They’re the ones who are over there lobbing missiles and bombs on countries. … And of course the CIA is every bit as secretive as the Federal Reserve. … And yet think of the harm they have done since they were established after World War II. They are a government unto themselves. They’re in businesses, in drug businesses, they take out dictators … We need to take out the CIA.

“Take out”? Isn’t Paul a member of Congress? Has he introduced any legislation to stop CIA funding, or demanded any hearings? After all, those are actions that Congress can take short of annihilation. I think the military would laugh at the notion that they take orders from the CIA. They take orders from the President and are accountable to Congress. We know this, because we’re rational adults and not conspiracy theorists.

The only coup that has been conducted is the one that took out Paul’s sense of rationality and judgment years ago. Maybe a primary challenge would be a good idea in Paul’s district.

Update: Good news — there already is a primary challenge in Paul’s district, by Tim Graney:

We need expanded nuclear energy use, additional drilling and continued research into non-petroleum based transportation fuels. We need to reduce the burden of regulation and over-taxation on businesses in the U.S. so we can compete with other nations in this global economy and keep more jobs here in America. American values are something special, but over the years as we continue to tolerate more and different value systems, we almost have become intolerant of where we came from. Toleration is a two-way street and it is time for assimilation to be traveling back on the other side of that road. Assimilation does not mean losing our diverse cultural identities, but it does mean immigrants should absorb some of the very values and traditions that attract immigrants from around the world to the American dream.

There are other major issues that need to be addressed, most notably health care and education.  We did not end up with excess government overnight, it has taken decades to get where we are and it will take years to unwind the amount of government in our lives.  By working together on the issues that are important to all Americans, we can begin this process of restoring the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness our Founding Fathers envisioned for all of us.

Sounds like Ron Paul without the crazy.  I’m going to have to get Graney on my show — very, very soon.


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jp on January 21, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Save the Fed!

Make sure banks always get a bailout!

Romneycare for the whole nation! (let’s not pretend that’s what the Bush/Romney/Scott Brown Republicans really want when they get back in power)

Vote for Graney

The Dean on January 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM

OUR BELOVED CIA WOULD NEVER EVEN THINK OF DOING ANYHTING ILLEGAL OR IMMORAL:

Iran – In 1953, a CIA-backed coup ousted Iran’s popular prime minister and restored power to the Shah of Iran. Many historians now consider this a mistake, as the Shah of Iran’s repressive rule eventually led to a revolution in the 1970s. After the revolution, anti-American leaders came to power.

Watergate – In 1972, former CIA officers, part of a group working for President Nixon’s re-election campaign, were implicated in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Family Jewels – After Watergate, CIA director James Schlesinger vowed to find out if there were any other dangerous secrets in the history of the CIA. The investigation bore plenty of fruit. However, by the time the report had been compiled, Schlesinger had moved on and become the Defense Secretary. The new head of the CIA, William Colby, inherited the 693-page document known as “the family jewels.” The report said the agency had plotted to kill Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders; spied on Americans, tapping their phone lines and reading their tax returns; and conducted LSD experiments on unwitting human subjects. Colby eventually turned over the report — an attempt, he said later, to save the agency.

The Iran-Contra Affair – Several members of the Reagan administration violated an embargo by helping to sell arms to Iran. The proceeds were used to fund the Contras, a right-wing guerrilla group in Nicaragua. In 1986, President Reagan affirmed that defensive weapons were transferred to Iran. Later, information surfaced that CIA director William Casey was involved in the scandal.

THE TRUTH HURTS.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Coup coup.

Ed Morrissey, from downtown…. THREEEEE!

TXUS on January 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

And with Leon in charge he’s doubly afraid of the boogie men.

T J Green on January 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

The CIA works under almost complete secrecy and actively manhandles foreign, sovereign, countries.

…yet they don’t have the ability to take out super smart Ron Paul who is exposing their imperialistic mission.

…right….got it.

….Kind of like Bush is supposed to have been able to work with the FAA,military,local NY law enforcement,politicians on the Hill,CIA,Pentagon,and thousands of other bit players in his master plan to carry out 9/11 without even so much as a leak of info, but somehow could not stop the super smart and apparently incredibllllllllyyyyyyyy savy “Loose Change” guys that were blowing up his plot from their suuuuuuuuuper secure apartment in NY City.

……Paul is completely stuck on stupid.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Ron Paul is a kook and his supporters border on deranged.

Nineball on January 21, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Ron Paul is correct on monetary issues (which are of utmost importance) and makes the most important points of anyone (though I don’t agree with his call to go back to a hard currency) and his calls for Constitutionality. His problem is that he’s a total whackjob on national security and foreign affairs.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

It’s a conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids!!!!1!11

/PaulBot

OhioCoastie on January 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

To get to the stupid, you only have to scratch the surface.

PappaMac on January 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Audit Ron Paul!

Emperor Norton on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

REMEMBER FOLKS! THE CIA IS PURE AS SNOW!:

Iran – In 1953, a CIA-backed coup ousted Iran’s popular prime minister and restored power to the Shah of Iran. Many historians now consider this a mistake, as the Shah of Iran’s repressive rule eventually led to a revolution in the 1970s. After the revolution, anti-American leaders came to power.

Watergate – In 1972, former CIA officers, part of a group working for President Nixon’s re-election campaign, were implicated in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Family Jewels – After Watergate, CIA director James Schlesinger vowed to find out if there were any other dangerous secrets in the history of the CIA. The investigation bore plenty of fruit. However, by the time the report had been compiled, Schlesinger had moved on and become the Defense Secretary. The new head of the CIA, William Colby, inherited the 693-page document known as “the family jewels.” The report said the agency had plotted to kill Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders; spied on Americans, tapping their phone lines and reading their tax returns; and conducted LSD experiments on unwitting human subjects. Colby eventually turned over the report — an attempt, he said later, to save the agency.

The Iran-Contra Affair – Several members of the Reagan administration violated an embargo by helping to sell arms to Iran. The proceeds were used to fund the Contras, a right-wing guerrilla group in Nicaragua. In 1986, President Reagan affirmed that defensive weapons were transferred to Iran. Later, information surfaced that CIA director William Casey was involved in the scandal.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Any chance we can force Paul over to the Democrat Party for 2010 elections?

BobMbx on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I doubt this comment will stay in. I boycotted because of the heavy handed censorship on this site. But saying that Ron Paul is a ‘bad’ representative because he thinks the CIA has a hand in wasteful spending and conflicts around the world is why this site isn’t as important as it would like to think it is.

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Heavy handed censorship? Are you kidding me? Care to show some examples?

This isn’t LGF in case you hadn’t noticed. Boycott away.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Cia runs HotAir..

the_nile on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I would have expected you to cut Sarah a bit more slack than that. After all, she’s ex-Catholic.

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 1:51 PM

. . . so is Allah pundit and a lot of atheists. What does the Catholic crap have to do with anything?

Where was it that I saw a clip of Matthews (Catholic) trying to bring up Brown’s religion (not Catholic) by saying that ‘it’s amazing that religion wasn’t an issue in this race’.

Basically Matthews was trying to get all the Catholics in Mass to not vote for Brown because he wasn’t Catholic. No, there’s no bigotry in Catholicism, they are victims.

And as for ‘examples’. . . they were deleted. No terms of service violation, no explanation (though one was asked for). TWICE out of spite.

I don’t learn anything from this board. It’s all a bunch of hacked talking points from the Republican party. They are fortunate to be affiliated with Michelle Malkin as they wouldn’t have credibility otherwise.

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Sometimes you feel like a nut.

Holger on January 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Learn a bit of real history

I always like that real history phrase.

It makes for good TV. It makes kids feel smart during conversations. Good stuff.

reaganaut on January 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

jp on January 21, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Let’s try this again since my first response didn’t make it through.

I agree there are differences in the Autrian school. Fair enough. But I haven’t read anything to suggesst Hayek/Mises support the idea of a central bank either.

Why would monetary policy fall to Congress instead of the private sector where it belongs? That’s always how I understood the push to abolish the Fed. I don’t want Congress anywhere near monetary policy either.

And while my respect for the Chicago School runs deep, I still agree with Hayek/Mises who say the monetarists misdiagnose the root causes of the Great Depression and today’s meltdown. At the bottom of it all is the Fed. Free money means misallocation; misallocation means bubbles and bubbles mean busts.

Good points jp. Thanks.

russcote on January 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Cia runs HotAir..

the_nile on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Heh.

russcote on January 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

I’m going to have to get Graney on my show — very, very soon.

Hooray!

Branch Rickey on January 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

What a bunch of crap.
Tell me what happened in Iran in 1953.

Itchee Dryback on January 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

So is unethical big government limited to the domestic sector? On that note, if anyone wants to buy a bridge, let me know,

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:03 PM

“They take out dictators” ?!?!? I’m shocked.

Kenosha Kid on January 21, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Don’t worry. It won’t be long before this cook is out of politics. Americans are waking up to which candidates will actually be able to win and rationally pull us out of our economic mess. These UFO like statements are why Ron Paul is done, and also why Sarah Palin is done. The only thing that matters now are the truly electable candidates like Scott Brown, that will make a difference once they get to DC.

JeffB. on January 21, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Heavy handed censorship? Are you kidding me? Care to show some examples?

This isn’t LGF in case you hadn’t noticed. Boycott away.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 1:52 PM

It’s getting pretty damn close to LGF. Have you noticed the words that throw comments into moderation? Have you seen what people have been banned for saying? Hotair is the most PC “conservative” site I’ve ever seen.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

And why would monetary policy fall to Congress? The point of abolishing the Fed, the way I understand it, is to return the process of interest rate setting to the private sector, where it belongs. I agree, I don’t want Congress anywhere near monetary policy.

Because thats what the Constitution calls for, through the “Implied Powers” doctrine they gave it to Central Banks, eventually under Madison. It was an on-going debate with Founders, eventually they basically agreed with Hamilton.

Paul wants to get rid of Fractional Reserve Lending, its a very radical idea in alot of ways. I doubt we’d have these computers we are typing on without the Investment dollars available from it for example.

Had to plug him, but David Frum has a good book review of a classic: “Golden Fetters” about how the Gold Standard in Britain caused the Depression and lots of other interesting facts. It of course attackes Ron Paul alot and points out the great real world irony that for a Gold Standard you absolutely must have a strong Central bank for it to work.

jp on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

What committees is this loon responsible for? Nothing I hope.

ultracon on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Kick the opportunist loon out of the GOP.

Where are you Congressman Paul?

While the Paul camp still cannot confirm their participation in the Graney-Paul debates, one can’t help but wonder how Paul can find time to challenge Ben Stein to a debate, but not have time for a debate that impacts the people of his district? When asked about this issue, Tim Graney responded, “…it’s what the people of District 14 have come to expect. We’ve seen this song and dance before when Paul had no time to hold a Health Care town hall in Katy, or anywhere in the district. However, the good doctor did find plenty of time to throw a campaign fundraiser and birthday bash for himself in Galveston during the summer recess, which was attended by many from outside the district and as well as outside of Texas.”

mudskipper on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I just don’t get why so many people are afraid of capitalism in its rawest form. I have no reason whatsoever to believe that it couldn’t and wouldn’t work today like it did in the past.

russcote on January 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Your comment generated flashbacks to Standard Oil and strikebusting W. Va. coal mine foremen, but I do get your point.

I don’t like the govt. interventions, but personally wouldn’t be that comfortable with “raw” capitalism either.

cs89 on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

General Michael Hayden:

“It was only because of the unheralded efforts of CIA and military interrogators that many more Americans did not suffer the same fate my brother did on 9/11. They kept us safe and for that they have been vilified, slandered, and threatened with prosecution. In this terrific and important book, Marc Thiessen comes to the defense of these courageous men and women. He explains, in stunning detail, how they protected us from danger, and how the good work they did is now being undone. This book [Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack] deserves to be read by every American and by our president.”

mankai on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Nice job cribbing that from Democracy Now!

Not thorough enough, though. You forgot to accuse the CIA of helping overthrow Allende.

PimFortuynsGhost on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I got a liberal over at a site that says Coakley defeated Brown—diebold conspiracy. But she’s also been a lifetime 9/11 truther to boot. It must be tough for some people to go through their misrable lives living in an alternate world.

Rovin on January 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Actually this is what gets them through in life.

When you can just make up your own reality….
……….you are never wrong.

This is why people like that go around telling everybody how super intelligent they are because in their own minds…
…they always have it right and are on a higher level than the “simpletons” around them.

…..liberal pretzel logic.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I don’t learn anything from this board. It’s all a bunch of hacked talking points from the Republican party. They are fortunate to be affiliated with Michelle Malkin as they wouldn’t have credibility otherwise.

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

With all due respect, then why are you here?

Nineball on January 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Wow, that brought some nuts out of the woodwork.

Midas on January 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Tell me what happened in Iran in 1953.

Itchee Dryback on January 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Only if you will tell me what happened in October of the year 1917 in Russia.

Holger on January 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Paul is a gonstic and way out on the fringe but what a shame it would be to replace this interesting man, who occasionally stumbles onto the truth, with just another dopey multiculturalist Repub:

Assimilation does not mean losing our diverse cultural identities, but it does mean immigrants should absorb some of the very values and traditions that attract immigrants from around the world to the American dream.

aengus on January 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Imagine if by some strange twist of fate that his bid to be president had been successful.

Scrappy on January 21, 2010 at 2:06 PM

definitely agree with the Austrian Business Cycle and alot of other basic princples though.

can’t stand how they are trying to place all blame for Financial meltdown on the Fed, it was much more the CRA and fannie/freddie

jp on January 21, 2010 at 2:06 PM

if you think of Paul as our Dennis Kucinich,

I always thought they were one and the same. My bad.

vcferlita on January 21, 2010 at 2:06 PM

That’s great…but you do realize, with a black hole the speed of light is reduced to zero…which would allow them to re-enter the universe they both escaped from…

right2bright on January 21, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Holy Crap.

rollthedice on January 21, 2010 at 2:06 PM

jp on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Eichengreen’s book is excellent. I’m sure the Paultards won’t read it because it isn’t written in crayon or none of the proceeds went to white supremacist groups.

PimFortuynsGhost on January 21, 2010 at 2:07 PM

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Paranoia will destroy ya.

Boom

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Ron Paul is getting too close to the truth. In reality, the CIA is run by Glenn Beck, who is really a George Soros-manufatured Android created solely for the purpose of driving up the price of Gold. Mwahaha!

/

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I don’t learn anything from this board. It’s all a bunch of hacked talking points from the Republican party. They are fortunate to be affiliated with Michelle Malkin as they wouldn’t have credibility otherwise.

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

__________________________________________

I don’t know many people here who are happy with Republicans. Conservative stances, sure, Republican? Not so much.

You’re not on Cass Sustein’s payroll are you?

uknowmorethanme on January 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

..and some people say Glenn Beck is ’round the bend.

VoyskaPVO on January 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Why would monetary policy fall to Congress instead of the private sector where it belongs? That’s always how I understood the push to abolish the Fed. I don’t want Congress anywhere near monetary policy either.

russcote on January 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Monetary policy falls to Congress because the very existence of the United States, as an entity, and the continued existence of the US dollar are inextricably intertwined. The federal government is the coiner of our currency and one of their main tasks is the protection of that currency, as the life of the nation depends on it.

The federal government really only has 3 big jobs:
- The physical protection of the citizenry (at whatever expense to non-citizens that requires) and the primacy of AMerican sovereignty.
- The safeguarding of the inalienable rights of the individual citizens by limiting the size and scope of the federal government.
- The protection of the currency, which the nation depends on for its very survival.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

With all due respect, then why are you here?

Nineball on January 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM

IIRC, to sell insurance and to support Roman Polanski.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

mankai on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Pauls worldview tells him that 9/11 would never happen if not for CIA and Fed Govt. in general….. rest of the world = good and only bad because the evil US Military Industrial complex makes them do it. Like a good leftist.

His idol, Murray Rothbard, beleived the exact same thing during the COld War. USA – evil, Soviet Union not so much. He thought Eisenhower was a Commie spy also. Partly why WFB blackballed him and the birchers out of the GOP.

Make no mistake, this is the birchers trying to takeover the GOP from within. Starting at the precint level.

jp on January 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 1:47 PM
You’re a Paul-bot?

That explains quite a lot…

JetBoy on January 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM

This entire post was a fabrication for the sole purpose of smoking out the crazy here. It appears to be working. heh

TBinSTL on January 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Ron Paul is a loopy isolationist who doesn’t understand that, like nature, power abhors a vacuum. He is a millstone around the neck of the GOP. Kick him out of the party.

Basilsbest on January 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

OK, that’s it.

If someone doesn’t run against this nutcase in the TX primary, we’re doomed.

Can you hear us, Rockpot? Victoria? Port Lavaca? Port O’Connor? Galveston? Bay City? He’s N-U-T-S!

newton on January 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I only wish the CIA had one-tenth of the diabolical competence that Ron Paul imagines it has.

Cicero43 on January 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The problem with Ronnie and his Paulnuts, isn’t that they lack good insight on finacial issues… it’s that they immediately turn around, and shoot themselves in the foot with this kind of nonsense.

Don’t get me wrong, we as Americans, do have to watch who is in power, and make sure they understand that we are watching them as well. But when you start going off the deep end.. then we have some issues….

The Paulnuts biggest issue, is also the fact that they act like they are superior beings, just as bad as the Liberal elite, if not worse. They want to be the chosen “hero’s” that supposedly save American Society. They view Tea Party folks as Tea party members look at RINO’s and their opportunist like Colin Powell and David Brooks.

Well for that.. I say their doing a fine job…. at failing miserably at what their trying to accomplish. And that failure will continue, for as long as Ron Paul and his Paulnuts rely on half truths and conspiracies as a recruiting tool

Razgriez on January 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

IIRC, to sell insurance and to support Roman Polanski.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Heh, Snort!

thomasaur on January 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I doubt this comment will stay in. I boycotted because of the heavy handed censorship on this site. But saying that Ron Paul is a ‘bad’ representative because he thinks the CIA has a hand in wasteful spending and conflicts around the world is why this site isn’t as important as it would like to think it is.

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 1:47 PM

That’s some interesting editing of what Ron Paul actually said.

Scrappy on January 21, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Coup coup

Hee, hee, hee

Beaglemom on January 21, 2010 at 2:11 PM

It’s getting pretty damn close to LGF. Have you noticed the words that throw comments into moderation? Have you seen what people have been banned for saying? Hotair is the most PC “conservative” site I’ve ever seen.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Key words throw comments into moderation not to censor real people, but to stop spambots. If you’d rather every HA comments section was full of 1,000 spam comments, then you can suggest lifting the filters to AP, MM or Ed.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Ron Paul, he’s the Left’s Cylon plant in the GOP.

Sharr on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Too many republicans are hesistant to actuallu stare into the abyss. At one time, some of these questionable actions by the CIA were validated by the seriousness of the Cold War. But those days are long over. In many ways, our country has transformed into the very Evil Empire we were fighting for so many decades. We have become the Soviets with this high tech police state we have unveiled.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Well, there has been a coup in America.

But by the CIA? Hardly.

Especially with Panetta in charge, the CIA couldn’t conduct a coup on a deserted island.

Now, if Ron wants to say that Goldman Sachs and a few others have conducted a coup in America….. Well, he might be somewhere in the same universe as sanity.

LegendHasIt on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Paul obvious abysmal lack of any knowledge of how the world has and does work is enough that he should be unelected.

BL@KBIRD on January 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

CJ is coup coup for Cocoa Puffs

while Ron Paul stars in One flew over the coup coups nest.

Geochelone on January 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

lol@RonPaul.
Double lol@Paulbots.

xblade on January 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Please. Most of the comments that get thrown into moderation never make it out. And to moderate words like “se.cession” and “revo.lution” is just insane. Truly insane. It has nothing to do with trolls or spambots.

You cannot even talk about the American Rev.olution on Hotair without having to wait for your comments to go through moderation and not be read when they finally do make it through 2 hours later.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Wow, who licked all the red off of your lollipop? Sorry you have felt so threatened (intellectually?)here at HA, I thougth we had had many fine conversations.

Cindy Munford on January 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

I don’t learn anything from this board. It’s all a bunch of hacked talking points from the Republican party. They are fortunate to be affiliated with Michelle Malkin as they wouldn’t have credibility otherwise.

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Poor Thack. He tries to teach them but they will not learn.

Hail Mary, full of Grace…

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

ThackerAgency on January 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Don’t let the door hit ‘ya where the good Lord split ‘ya!

Buh-bye…

catmman on January 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Too many republicans are hesistant to actuallu stare into the abyss. At one time, some of these questionable actions by the CIA were validated by the seriousness of the Cold War. But those days are long over. In many ways, our country has transformed into the very Evil Empire we were fighting for so many decades. We have become the Soviets with this high tech police state we have unveiled.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Correct! It was nice seeing your dissenting posts before the KGB got ya. See ya in the gulag comrade.

daesleeper on January 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

It’s amazing how a post that criticizes Dr. Nutburger flushes the loonies out of the tall grass. Ed, do more of these Ronulan-baiting posts, please! I need some more giggles.

OhioCoastie on January 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

In reality, the CIA is run by Glenn Beck, who is really a George Soros-manufatured Android created solely for the purpose of driving up the price of Gold.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

You know too much. The black helicopters are coming.

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Ron Paul needs to join forces with Jesse Ventura. They can take turns on Jesse’s conspiracy show. Ron Paul is a kook.

Dire Straits on January 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

We have become the Soviets with this high tech police state we have unveiled.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

How did my sister recently cross state lines to visit me without a KGBCIA officer asking for “papers, please?”

cs89 on January 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Please. Most of the comments that get thrown into moderation never make it out. And to moderate words like “se.cession” and “revo.lution” is just insane. Truly insane. It has nothing to do with trolls or spambots.

You cannot even talk about the American Rev.olution on Hotair without having to wait for your comments to go through moderation and not be read when they finally do make it through 2 hours later.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Sure you can, you just did. No one cares if you bypass the filters with a period trick, your posts won’t get deleted, so one you know what words are filtered, you’re hardly ‘censored.’

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

You know too much. The black helicopters are coming.

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

They’ll never catch me, I’m in my full body tin foil suit.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

How did my sister recently cross state lines to visit me without a CIA officer asking for “papers, please?”

cs89 on January 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Because of the GPS system in her car, silly!

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Too many republicans are hesistant to actuallu stare into the abyss. At one time, some of these questionable actions by the CIA were validated by the seriousness of the Cold War. But those days are long over.

Huh? Our world is more unstable and dangerous now than it was during the Cold War. We still have the threat of the SOviet nuke arsenal, but now with the added joy of an insane arab/persian/muslim world freed from under the SOviet control and freelancing in its attempt to bring the whole world down. The CIA is more important now than it was during the Cold War.

In many ways, our country has transformed into the very Evil Empire we were fighting for so many decades. We have become the Soviets with this high tech police state we have unveiled.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

You are a nut.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Too many republicans are hesistant to actuallu stare into the abyss. At one time, some of these questionable actions by the CIA were validated by the seriousness of the Cold War. But those days are long over. In many ways, our country has transformed into the very Evil Empire we were fighting for so many decades. We have become the Soviets with this high tech police state we have unveiled.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM
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We get it letist-in-disguise. The US has been the single biggest enemy of humanity since 1945. We have done nothing in the name of freedom and done everything in the name of domination and control. I can see it so clearly now.

Your tinfoil is wrapped too tight.

uknowmorethanme on January 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

They’ll never catch me, I’m in my full body tin foil suit.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Don’t forget to put the chaff in your hubcaps.

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Well, there has been a coup in America.

But by the CIA? Hardly.

Especially with Panetta in charge, the CIA couldn’t conduct a coup on a deserted island.

Now, if Ron wants to say that Goldman Sachs and a few others have conducted a coup in America….. Well, he might be somewhere in the same universe as sanity.

LegendHasIt on January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM

You really think Panetta micro-manages the CIA? Perhaps the public section of the CIA. The CIA has been caught so many times in criminal self-financing schemes, that’s it’s obviously not tied down by the traditional hierarchy. Gimme a break.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Alright alright, I’ll admit it.

That sub-headline is awesome.

Well done Ed.

crr6 on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Too many republicans are hesistant to actuallu stare into the abyss

I can tell that you’ve been entertaining yourself for a while with that activity. Now tell me, is it staring back at you ?

runner on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I think we should arrange for a debate between Paul and Kucinich – on Mars, where they belong.

peski on January 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Not the moon?
Besides, that one is probably almost manageable.

Oh, wait, do either of them believe we actually landed a man on the moon?

Count to 10 on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Sure you can, you just did. No one cares if you bypass the filters with a period trick, your posts won’t get deleted, so one you know what words are filtered, you’re hardly ‘censored.’

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Do you have any idea how long it took to find out that those words were the ones killing comments?

When “The American Revo.lution” is censored (or just delayed until no one sees it) …

THAT is a solid B+.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

You are a nut.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Takes one to know one.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 2:22 PM

crr6 on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Wow. You stuck you head out from under the covers. It’s a great week, isn’t it?

kingsjester on January 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

THAT is a solid B+.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

No kidding. I just tried posting a comment with those words, and the comment just disappeared. Amazing.

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Ron Paul needs to join forces with Jesse Ventura. They can take turns on Jesse’s conspiracy show. Ron Paul is a kook.

Dire Straits on January 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The explosion from the resultant singularity of stupid would probably only result in some other kook, wacked out people getting their own radio show teaching how fire doesn’t melt steel, making internet movies about how the evil Juice own everything, who themselves are controlled by secret organizations with funky names like Illuminati, Bilderberger….

…wait, what?!

catmman on January 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

We get it letist-in-disguise. The US has been the single biggest enemy of humanity since 1945. We have done nothing in the name of freedom and done everything in the name of domination and control. I can see it so clearly now.

Your tinfoil is wrapped too tight.

Who sold out the Eastern European peoples to Stalin? Great job I may add.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Takes one to know one.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 2:22 PM

So, you think that the US is an evil empire like the Soviet Union was? That is what you are agreeing with.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM

but he’s essentially a conspiracy theorist

Long term use of atropine, pralidoxime will do that.

BDU-33 on January 21, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Who sold out the Eastern European peoples to Stalin? Great job I may add.

who ?

runner on January 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Amazing.

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

That’s a nice way of putting it :)

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Correct! It was nice seeing your dissenting posts before the KGB got ya. See ya in the gulag comrade.

daesleeper on January 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Haha!! +1000

Nineball on January 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Takes one to know one.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Ooo! Ooo! Now call neurosculptor a doodyheaded poopyface! That’ll do it!

OhioCoastie on January 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

It’s as if Oliver Stone & Ron Paul were separated at birth.

Twins?

portlandon on January 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Do you have any idea how long it took to find out that those words were the ones killing comments?

When “The American Revo.lution” is censored (or just delayed until no one sees it) …

THAT is a solid B+.

neurosculptor on January 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I don’t agree with every word that is filtered, but the filters are necessary. Have you e-mailed AP, MM or Ed to ask why they flagged those words? They could obviously give you a better explanation than I could, but I hardly believe it’s for the cause of heavy-handed censorship as Thacker would have us believe.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Nuttier than a squirrel turd.

Hening on January 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

THE TRUTH HURTS.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Aaah yes, the chant of every 9/11 conspiracy nut, anti vaccination kook and chemtrail chaser. Here’s some truth:

Paranoid personality disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others.

Those with the condition are hypersensitive, are easily slighted, and habitually relate to the world by vigilant scanning of the environment for clues or suggestions to validate their prejudicial ideas or biases. They tend to be guarded and suspicious and have quite constricted emotional lives. Their incapacity for meaningful emotional involvement and the general pattern of isolated withdrawal often lend a quality of schizoid isolation to their life experience.

It is a medical milady that basically describes everyone one of Ron Pauls parakeets I have ever met. People like Ron Paul, Alex Jones and Jesse (he never was a SEAL damn it) Ventura exploit it to get rich off the sick.

The people who are devoted to this nonsense should be treated with pity or contempt depending on their level of obnoxiousness.

Boxy_Brown on January 21, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Who sold out the Eastern European peoples to Stalin? Great job I may add.

Pitchforker on January 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Why should I care?

uknowmorethanme on January 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Yeah, Paul is so crazy, the majority of military worker donations were sent to him in the 2008 primary. What a bunch of idiots huh?

The Calibur on January 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Plus, we all know who really controls the CIA – the JOOOOOOS (and BOOOOOSH) via mind-control rays installed at Crawford, TX.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

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