Kentucky senator Rand Paul may be getting a strange bit of assistance for his presidential campaign: a Super PAC run by Islamic State sleeper cells within the United States. Muhammad Mcallah of the “72 Virgins Brigade” released a statement to media outlets early Monday morning praising the Republican’s efforts to stop the Patriot Act.
First, The Associated Press reported on the senator’s efforts to kill the surveillance authorities granted to U.S. President Barack Obama:
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable turnaround, Senate Republicans have agreed to debate a House bill that would overhaul the National Security Agency’s handling of Americans’ calling records while preserving other domestic surveillance provisions.
But that move didn’t happen soon enough to prevent legal authority for the programs from expiring at midnight Sunday as Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a presidential contender, stood in the way of extending the program, angering his GOP colleagues and frustrating intelligence and law enforcement officials.
Now, the question is whether the Senate will pass a bill the House can live with. If so, the surveillance programs will resume, with some significant changes in how the phone records are handled. If not, they will remain dormant.
Mr. Mcallah said that he was confident the terror group’s political action committee could raise tens-of-millions of dollars for Sen. Paul’s presidential campaign based solely on his actions Sunday night.
“Allahu Akbar! God is great! I almost feel as though I’m living in a piece of satire. Somebody pinch me. Calls have been coming in from all over the globe — calls not monitored by that pesky NSA — about Mr. Paul’s efforts to kill the Patriot Act. Not in our wildest dreams would we have suspected an American politician capable of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but we were wrong. Elect this infidel! If I am ever in a position to behead the good senator from Kentucky, I vow as Allahu is my witness that I will give him an honorable death. It will be as quick and painless as possible. But until that day comes, I and the sleeper cells of United States of America firmly stand behind Rand Paul’s bid for the presidency.”
The Kentucky senator’s campaign manager, Chip Englander, refused to comment on the Sunni radical terrorist organization’s Super PAC. Instead, he opted to stay on message. “I stand with Rand, because when we don’t stand with Rand we all fall down,” Mr. Englander said, Reuters reported.