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Ravenel: CIA Scandal Exposes Graham’s Hypocrisy

 “SOUTH CAROLINIANS DESERVE A SENATOR WHO PUTS THEIR FREEDOMS FIRST” By Thomas Ravenel || Last month I wrote in several news outlets across the state about U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s shameful attacks on our liberty – and how his cowardly actions must not go unchallenged. (If you missed that article,…

 “SOUTH CAROLINIANS DESERVE A SENATOR WHO PUTS THEIR FREEDOMS FIRST”

By Thomas Ravenel || Last month I wrote in several news outlets across the state about U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s shameful attacks on our liberty – and how his cowardly actions must not go unchallenged.

(If you missed that article, CLICK HERE).

This week a scandal is emerging in Washington, D.C. that underscores the vital necessity of protecting constitutional integrity – and exposes Graham as nothing but a hypocrite on this issue.

Thanks to the courageous actions of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, we learned last year that our government has been habitually violating our Fourth Amendment freedoms via widespread warrantless data monitoring, interception and storage. Lindsey Graham has been among the chief proponents of this assault on freedom. Not only does he support the NSA’s spy machine by funding it to the tune of billions of dollars a year – he once had the audacity to say he was “glad” the NSA was spying on us.

This week the tables turned on Lindsey Graham, as it was alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was secretly monitoring and searching a computer network set up for lawmakers to investigate the agency’s “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Graham was livid, calling the CIA hack “chilling” and a “constitutional violation of separation of powers.”

“Heads should roll, people should go to jail if it’s true,” Graham said, adding that the legislative branch “should declare war on the CIA.”

Quite a contrast, isn’t it? Lindsey Graham is “glad” when the government snoops through details of your private life (and pours billions of additional dollars into the spy network conducting these unconstitutional searches) but the moment government starts monitoring his computer he freaks out and says “heads should roll.”

I agree with Graham that “heads should roll” – starting with his.

South Carolinians deserve a Senator who puts their freedom first – who will fight for their liberties above his own. Lindsey Graham is once again proving he is incapable of doing that – which is why he must be replaced this fall.

Thomas Ravenel is a former statewide official who resides in Charleston, S.C.

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61 comments

Jackie Chiles March 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

So true. It’s ok for us proles to get spied on all the time, but if Graham and his Congressional buddies get thrown into the mix, suddenly it’s an infringement.

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Smirks March 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

Don’t worry, Congress will make sure this outrageous spying (on them) is ceased immediately!

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DB Cooper March 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

As much as I despise Graham and his neocons, I may despise the ever present, hedonistic douchebag writing this article even more. Seriously, his unbridaled and ostentatious behavior frankly just hurts the libertarian cause as it leaves many “on the fencers” saying… see, I told you so, libertarianIsm is just hedonism’s political client… no thanks!

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Mike at the Beach March 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Owwwww!

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Smirks March 13, 2014 at 8:30 am

I look at it this way.

While I may agree with some of the things Ravenel says, he is probably one of the last people I would want representing the side that speaks against Graham. Same goes for Sanford, really.

If you have an ideological point to make, that’s great, more power to you, just… don’t have a disgraced politician/reality TV show star/scumbag of a human being/general hack make that point on your behalf.

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Focus T-Rav! March 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

” just… don’t have a disgraced politician/reality TV show star/scumbag of a human being/general hack make that point on your behalf.”

I believe our plane jumper’s point is that no one gets to “choose” who’s making the point…but the person doing it is obviously unaware that his reputation is so bad that his ‘point making’ is hurting the very movement he is trying to help. It’s a complete lack of self awareness.

Now that he’s going to be a Daddy, it’d be better for him, his baby momma, and his baby if he’d choose to focus on his personal obligations, especially in light of his previous failures.

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Sticky March 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

Absolutely. It is that very lack of self-awareness but very apparent self-absorption that leads guys like Ravenel and Sanford to continue to discredit the message and the movement every time they open their mouths.
They had their chance to make a difference. They were adults. They had different priorities. However rare it may be, I hope in their personal lives they have corrected course but now publicly, they are just big targets.

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Just Sayin March 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

“…disgraced politician/reality TV show star/scumbag of a human being/general hack…”

vice

…hedonistic douchebag…
Brevity is the soul of wit!

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Buz Martin March 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm

/// ever present, hedonistic douchebag ///

You left out narcisitic. Another elitist has-been politico prick entering old age gracelessly, mouthing off about everything as though anybody gives a shit what he thinks.

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SCBlues March 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm

T-Rav probably ought to stick to drinking and chasing women on Southern Charm . . .

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Huguenot Here Before Him March 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

The words “scandal,” “expose,” and “hypocrisy” display a rich irony when combined with the name Thomas Ravenel. If one could work in the term arrogant, puffed up, and self-important pain in SC’s ass, this piece would be the ultimate auto-biography.

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Squishy123 March 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

So is T-Rav a baby-daddy yet from that 20-something freckled redhead that he knocked up?

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Scooter March 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

T Rav is a pos

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Oh MY March 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Amen to all statements outing this POS as to what he truly is!
Just a younger Sanford, younger much better looking Peeler, much younger and much better looking Eckstrom, and a male version of Nikki!

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GrandTango March 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Obama is the one spying on Americans and targeting political enemies w/ the IRS…but you like him fine…

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oh my March 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Actually, you are wrong again! I despise Obama, Haley, Ravenel and about 95% of the others who think they are royalty for being elected and we are their servants!
We are condemned with them due to idiots who worship them and re-elect them blindly, due to party label!!!!

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GrandTango March 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

So everybody is an idiot, but you, because people you hate get elected.

You sound like a Kook-Job Liberal-Tarian, who can’t even find one of the ones YOU worship to appeal to 5% of the vote.

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Smirks March 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

Everybody is an idiot? Nah, just you and Ravenel.

Saluda Rapids March 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Stick to the topic, Dwight Schrute, stick to the topic.

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Brick March 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I love lamp.

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GrandTango March 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Anyone else guessing they have video and audio of what T-Rav do at da’ crib. Wonder when another indictment comes down???…

And no wonder he’s P!$$#d…LMAO….

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Go away, Ravenel March 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Thomas Ravenel, talking about hypocrisy? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

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southmauldin March 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Let’s just get this shit over with, Ravenel. Just come over to Mays Park on Trenholm Road and let me kick 100% of your ass. You know where it is, about 1/2 mile from your old house. I kick your ass, you go away. You kick my ass, I give you $500 to your next election. You put me in the hospital with a serious assbeating, I guarantee my hospital bill will be paid by most of the posters on this site who despise your douchy postings.
I will be honest, though. I know how tough blood on your pastel wardrobe will be to remove. I’ll give you a 1/2 off coupon to Ed Robinson’s cleaners.

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Huguenot Here Before Him March 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Oui, this Frenchman is available for duty, Monsieur. My Grandkids are just a few doors away. I can combine a good old-fashioned francophile ass-kicking with a visit with those tough as nails grandboys. Hell, I might let them do it.

I’m all in on the hospital bill, too.

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Ulysses March 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

five points for the funniest post yet !

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Smirks March 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

Kick his ass? Well, just don’t wear nice shoes, I don’t think you can wash that kind of crud off of anything.

On a serious note, I find it hilarious that Ravenel keeps on desperately trying to hang on to his relevance in the political world of SC. It’s like a washed up singer that keeps putting out albums on their own dime, thinking that one day they’ll go platinum again. It’ll never happen, but he’ll likely try to his dying day.

The fact that the God of Second Chances™ gave Sanford his seat back will only push his futile attempts into overdrive. God help us if SC ever devolves enough to give him any kind of seat of power.

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SCBlueWoman March 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

I think it’s funny that this site thinks Ravenel is relevant.

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Norma SCok March 13, 2014 at 9:47 am

T-Rav doesn’t even live in SC anymore; he sold his SOB house and hightailed it to Florida.

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Bible Thumper March 12, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I would say something, but as they say in football, I would only be “piling on”.

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RogueElephant March 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Say what you will about T RAV and his antics, every word of the above article is true and right on the money. I think Bill Connor is by far the best candidate to take Grahamnasty out but , failing that, due to Dims and RINOS getting together (I’m hearing rumors) T TAV could be the last ditch effort. We must never lose sight of the objective: Graham has to go. RESTORE HONOR VOTE CONNOR.

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Huguenot Here Before Him March 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

LOL!

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Mike at the Beach March 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Several layers of fantasy in that theory…

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Yelsewh March 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

It is also basically the same thing that Will wrote yesterday.

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GrandTango March 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

You are RIGHT…again…Connor gets it.

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Publius March 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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MyDaddyIsRich March 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Please just stop.

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Billy March 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Go get a job.

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Mike at the Beach March 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm

“Look at me! Look at me! See? I am am still important and relevant! My friend Will (more of a bromance, really) will keep publishing every utterance of my self-important drivel; all I have to do is spend some of my money and I can even get 3-5 percent of the vote in a statewide election! Twenty-five year old chics dig me; men want to be me!”

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Smirks March 13, 2014 at 8:41 am

I hope Will is at least getting paid under the table for lending a spot on his site to this kind of dreck.

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Scrappy March 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

Lending a spot? Will wrote this!

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PregnantinCharleston March 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Saw your butt on Bravo the other night.

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Walter-White March 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Thomas Ravenel is a former statewide official who resides in Charleston, S.C. Coke dealing coke snorting ex con rat bastard.
His mug speaks volumes about this site.

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Smirks March 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

His mug speaks volumes about this site.

Aye.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. -Proverbs 13:20

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Norma Scok March 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

He hasn’t lived in Charleston for 8-10 months, at least thats what he said on the radio the other day.

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HD March 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Dude made him some money, bought a meaningless statewide office, blew it on coke and went to prison. I’m supposed to give shit what he thinks because…? Seriously – stfu.

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Squishy123 March 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

But he’s a Ravenel… you’re supposed to give a shit about everything he says.

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9" March 12, 2014 at 11:39 pm

let’s be real,though.if we’re clicking Fit’s shit.fuck me.

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Paul Verlaine March 13, 2014 at 12:02 am

Take that silver spoon out of your mouth when you write to us, and next that silver spoon in your nose.

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Smirks March 13, 2014 at 8:46 am

Or, up your nose with a rubber hose!

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CorruptionInColumbia March 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

… or up his as with broken glass…

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Philip Branton March 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

Dear Spawar Atlantic media Psyops observers, when observing the different facets here in the comment section, what informational tactic is being used. Considering the demographics that are at play in this election cycle across the Clyburn, Scott and Graham field, what coverage is the Ravenel press ploy garnering. How is a negative being used to cancel a negative to ensure the status quo. How was this used in the elections in Iraq or Egypt. More importantly, what door can be leveraged to divide a challenger’s poll draw. How would a Graham “donor” be visible to such “advertising”.?

On another point fellow workers, how should Captain Burin use this piece to inform and bring awareness to such activities to help focus our commands social posture for counter-ops research and development impacting our troops mission in the field.

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Norma Scok March 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

You need meds.

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Philip Branton March 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

Norma….your right on “Q”…..thanks….

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Norma Scok March 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

And you’re right on crazy.

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anon. March 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

Hey Snooki, your Coke dealer called…

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Sidney Parks March 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Because he is a white, rich, hetrosexual, Southerner, I expect the hypocritical moral flogging of T-Rav to continue ad nauseum. It would be nice if he were better behaved, but who am I to judge? At least his shit is out in the open.
If only he were “African-American,” “Gay,” or “Femyle” (sic)… a pass he would get!

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Original Good Old Boy March 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Yeah, get a clue. He’s a self-important douchebag. His color, wealth, orientation, or nationality have nothing to do with it.

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Sidney Parks March 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

Undoubtedly, if he were a favoured minority he would be defended by you people. You are lying to yourself if you think you wouldn’t…
Nevertheless, after Mr. Rav’s “homophobia” rant yesterday, I am less inclined to be as generous towards him.
Off topic, but…
“Homophopia” is a word that has about as much meaning as “racism” and is equally capable to shutting down any rational discussion. What if you disagree with so-called gay marriage (or whatever) and are not afraid of homosexuals? Wherein is the phobia? What if you do not hate minorities, but think that their bitching and whining actually causes them harm?
You can’t win when words are used as brickbats.

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Original Good Old Boy March 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Open your mind. Not everything is black and white. You are the one who injected race, class, and sexual orientation into the conversation.

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Sidney Parks March 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

1- Open minded to what?

2- Perhaps you are right regarding things being black and white. Some things, however, appear to be a very dark gray; others a very, very, very light gray. Certainly you are not a moral relativist…

3- The homophobia aside would have been more appropriate on the other article by Mr. Ravenel. The original comment regarding the moral hypocracy on the various thread on this page, in my opinion, is tied Mr. Ravenel’s social status (rich, white, straight, etc…). Hence, the insertion of the other side of the coin. Maybe you disagree. That’s cool.

wipe March 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm

what an asswipe. go snort some (more) coke.

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