Sen. Rand Paul wants to repeal the Espionage Act amid an investigation into Trump>
“The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment,” Paul wrote.
What the law is and how it holds up today
The Espionage Act was passed in 1917, a few months after the U.S. entered World War I. The original law made it illegal for people to obtain or disclose information relating to national defense that could be used to harm the U.S. or benefit another country.
Why would a proud all American want to repeal, rather than simply update to reflect current realities, the Espionage Act?
On a different, though related note, here’s a blast from the past:
Sept. 26, 2019, 8:15 AM MDT / Updated Sept. 27, 2019, 5:15 AM MDT
By Shannon Pettypiece
President Donald Trump ratcheted up his defenses on Thursday, likening those who provided information to the whistleblower to spies, according to reports, and tweeting that “our country is at stake” on the day the complaint against the president was made public.
“THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ALL THAT IT STANDS FOR,” Trump tweeted in all caps. “STICK TOGETHER, PLAY THEIR GAME, AND FIGHT HARD REPUBLICANS. OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE!”
Trump, according to multiple media outlets, told a private group at a midtown hotel Thursday morning that the people who gave information to the whistleblower were “close to a spy,” and (trump) said the U.S. should “handle” them like it did “in the old days” — a veiled reference to execution.
Soooo, if trump turns out to be selling US secrets to Saudi Arabia, or his pal Putin, or that funny little guy who’s always shooting off his missiles, can we suggest he get hanged on that Capitol Hill gallows
It has happened before:
I believe there’s a legal term Recidivism that might come into play.
Perhaps Mr. Rand doesn’t know that espionage is tantamount to sedition. And we have plenty of that around in his party don’t we?
Does he want to change the laws on sedition as well?
How many people have died in Trump’s name ?
a) people who believe in this treasonous con-man
b) people they have killed in the name of this treasonous con-man.
I don’t see Senator Rand come up with a New Act . Put your law-making duty where your mouth is, Senator Rand, or let the DOJ do its duty, before your party defunds the FBI and all law enforcement departments in favor of total anarchy.
It seems it is your precious leader who was engaged in espionage as well as in sedition. Way to go Senator Rand!!!