Words: Paul feels the Department of Homeland Security is an unmanageable bureaucracy and should be eliminated. He argues that military aggression weakens our national defense and that we should be more isolationist. He also criticizes the use of the “war on terror” to abridge civil liberties and opposes warrantless wiretaps and the suspension of habeas corpus. He supports a missile defense shield.
Actions: Paul served as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force from 1963-1965 and in the Air National Guard from 1965-1968. He voted FOR the missile defense initiative (1999), FOR permitting airline pilots to carry firearms (2002), AGAINST the authorization for the use of force in Iraq (2002), AGAINST an emergency appropriation for Afghanistan and Iraq (2003), AGAINST establishing a Director of National Intelligence (2004), FOR military recruitment on college campuses (2005), AGAINST intelligence gathering without civil oversight (2006), AGAINST allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant (2006), and FOR restricting no-bid defense contracts (2007). Peace Action has given him a rating of 67% and the Center for Security Policy has given him a rating of 31%.