In the wake of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, Republican Senator Rand Paul called for a repeal of the Espionage Act on Saturday night.
Noting that it’s long past time to repeal the Espionage Act, calling it an egregious affront to the 1st Amendment, Paul stressed in his tweet that the Act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI.
Describing it as World War I relic, Sen. Paul said that it had been used now by US officials in their efforts to secure the criminal indictment of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who had disclosed the US national-security establishment’s inner workings and grave wrongdoing in waging their undeclared forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
He also notes that some media are calling on the Justice Department to cease Assange’s prosecution now that they’ve come to realize that the Espionage Act can be enforced against anyone in the press for revealing damaging inside information about the CIA, Pentagon, the NSA, or anyone else in the national-security establishment.
Also in light of last week’s raid of Trump’s Florida residence, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned in a joint bulletin issued on Friday that there is an increase in threats to federal law enforcement officials following the FBI search at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Citing unidentified sources, the bulletin advised that possible threats toward law enforcement officials are coming from social media sites, web forums, video-sharing platforms, and image boards.
There was also warning about other threats that called for armed rebellion and civil war in the US, noting those threats might include specific targets, tactics, and weaponry, such as the potential dirty bomb threat at the FBI headquarters the agencies also warned about.