While President Obama had dinner with a dozen senator last night as the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) staged a filibuster of the John Brennan nomination for CIA director in opposition to the administration's policy on possible use of drones against American citizens. Senator Paul spoke for 12 hours and 52 minutes, the ninth longest filibuster in United States Senate history, to highlight the issue of drones used against American citizens.
Senator Paul said his filibuster was to stand up for the Constitution and due process recognized by the Fifth Amendment. “We're not satisfied when the president says I don't intend to do this,” Paul said of the possible use of drones against American citizens.
“We didn't decide until we walked into the capital that morning. The Democrats control the floor so you have to look for an opportunity when the floor is open,” said Senator Paul as guest on the Rush Limbaugh Show on the radio today.
Paul mentioned that those attacking America overseas may be attacked by a drone at a cafe, but any use of drones domestically, “but at home that standard is not good enough,” said Paul.
“We want them to answer something that every American believes, that you can not target an American on American soil without due process,” Senator Paul said in summing up the issue at stake with domestic drone usage, “I'm concerned (Americans) ought to get a trial before they get a drone strike.”
Paul said the issue is getting an answer from the White House on whether it Americans not engaged in combat will be targeted by drone strikes on American soil without arrest and due process.
“I think we will get an answer,” from the White House, Paul said.
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