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Friday, April 19, 2013

Lindsey Graham: "The Homeland Is the Battlefield"

Posted by on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Let a real, live US Senator tell you how it is:

“This is Exhibit A of why the homeland is the battlefield.” Recalling Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster, Graham noted that he took to the Senate floor specifically to object to Rand’s notion that “America is not the battlefield.” Graham said to me, “It’s a battlefield because the terrorists think it is.” Referring to Boston, he observed, “Here is what we’re up against,” and added, “It sure would be nice to have a drone up there [to track the suspect.]” He also slammed the president’s policy of “leading from behind and criminalizing war.”

It's like George W. Bush is still in office in Graham's world:


What an awful American this man is.

 

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bleedingheartlibertarian 1
It's like the last decade didn't even fucking happen.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on April 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM · Report this
theophrastus 2
a bit hackneyed, but folks like graham should be shouted at Benjamin Franklin's eternal and excellent:
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety
Posted by theophrastus on April 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Knat 3
"If we don't live in constant fear of terrorism, the terrorists will win!"
Posted by Knat on April 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
seatackled 4
Got it backward. What an awful man this American is.
Posted by seatackled on April 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM · Report this
ryanayr 5
Ughhh, I hate him.
Posted by ryanayr on April 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM · Report this
6
Paul- You will be fully on bored with drones over our cities when Obama or a democratic administration does it. You have zero credibility as anything other than a partisan hack.
Posted by ams1111 on April 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM · Report this
7
Sloggers new battle cry:

We must fight the common enemy!

The People's Front of Judea!
Posted by Underemployed Drone on April 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM · Report this
8
"We must destroy our democracy before the terrorists do it for us!"
Posted by Proteus on April 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM · Report this
Zebes 9
If only someone would criminalize war! That sounds like a peach.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on April 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 10
Remember: He's from South Carolina. They elected Strom Thurmond, a rampant miscegenator, because he made such great speeches against miscegenation. They keep electing Lindsay Graham because he is ever so gay and makes such great homophobic speeches. As James Petigru, the last pre-Civil War attorney general of SC said of his native state, it is "...too small to be a republic, and too large to be an insane asylum."
Posted by Ballard Pimp on April 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM · Report this
The Max 11
On behalf of my people, I apologize for this closeted DADT-dodging & still closeted post-DADT sack of shit. Remember, 30-some percent of us South Carolinians are just like y'all (although we make less ironic use of 'y'all') and spend a fair amount of our time and money trying to get the best, most liberal candidates elected that we can. It's the best we can do.
Posted by The Max on April 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM · Report this
raindrop 12
@6: Actually, atypical as it is, this is not a partisan attack from our beloved Paul Constant. Think about it.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is evil, but has been a U.S. citizen for a year and could/should never be classified as an enemy combatant and not have the right to our legal system.
I'm quite confident that what I just said would have the nod from every true conservative and libertarian.
Graham is notorious for not thinking things through before he speaks. He'll probably recant it.
Posted by raindrop on April 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
merry 13
No, no, no.

Lindsey, you ignorant slut. EVERYONE knows that Love is a battlefield..... sheesh!
Posted by merry on April 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM · Report this
biffp 14
He voted 'no' on expansion of the gun registry on Monday, but on Friday, drones are not an invasion of privacy?
Posted by biffp on April 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 15
First Paul begins doubting CNN now he is seeing that the streets of America are becoming a battlefield in an unconstitutional war lead by the current administration and its stooges in both parties.

Looks like Constant may have taken the red pill.

@2
Such a fitting quote that I have to repeat it.

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"
- Ben Franklin
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on April 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM · Report this
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@11- When has butters ever walked back a constitution shredding comment? I don't think ever. Also Graham/Obama were proponents of the NDAA which does allow for " the detention of a US national on US soil as an enemy combatant under the law of armed conflict."
Posted by ams1111 on April 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM · Report this
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I meant @12 not @11. Sorry.
Posted by ams1111 on April 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM · Report this
orino 18
"Homeland"? Is this Nazi Germany? Or Soviet Russia?
Posted by orino http://www.scootinoldskool.com on April 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 19
He's hysterical. Ever since we elected a black yankee he gets the vapors so easily. It must be difficult for a closet case these days.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM · Report this
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@12- During the debate Lindsay Graham also cited the shockingly mismanaged Jose Padilla case as presenting further legal precedent for holding US citizens:

“The statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”
http://blog.amnestyusa.org/us/can-us-cit…
Posted by ams1111 on April 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Space Sausage 21
lindsey graham will take more power any chance he gets.
Posted by Space Sausage on April 19, 2013 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 22
@21

Maybe he has a complex because he is a dude named Lindsey.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on April 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Simone 23
Shut the frack up Graham. No wait! Don't shut up and keep talking like this so that we and reasonable voters know what stupid stuff you say.
Posted by Simone on April 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 24
What awful fucking morons those millions of people are who voted for this fine specimen of continuous breathing. Morons in Moronland always get a free pass. This guy was duly elected, and by a decent margin.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arschbombe on April 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM · Report this
venomlash 25
@22: The last time a dude named Lindsey became an evil lawyer, he got his hand chopped off by a vampire.
Posted by venomlash on April 20, 2013 at 3:41 AM · Report this
26
Graham: "The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to 'remain silent'."

Constant: "What an awful American this man is."

And yet, of course, it was Obama's DOJ which diluted Miranda rights for domestic terror suspects, creating “new rules [which] allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades” (http://www.salon.com/2011/03/24/miranda_…).

If Lindsay Graham is an "awful American" then what are Barack Obama and Eric Holder? Paul?
Posted by Ancient Sumerian on April 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM · Report this
27
Surely everyone here, and Paul especially, is aware of the fact that when it comes to the "global battlefield" and "due process" for terror suspects, Obama has clearly and objectively demonstrated that he agrees with Lindsay Graham 100%.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/…

...the Obama administration has already rolled back Miranda rights for terrorism suspects captured on US soil. It did so two years ago with almost no controversy or even notice, including from many of those who so vocally condemned Graham's Miranda tweets yesterday.

@26 asks an essential question at the end of his post. To refuse to answer it, to ignore the facts (in a way no different than the way conservatives ignore facts about global warming and countless other issues), is to illustrate a profound hypocrisy.
Posted by LJM on April 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 28
Oh take your fucking Midol Graham.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on April 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Report this

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