Rand Paul’s Filibuster

by Ryan on March 6, 2013

in Politics,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

As of this writing, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) is in the seventh hour of an old-school filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan.  While saying that he has nothing personal against Brennan, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s view on potential drone strikes in America against American citizens warranted this rare stalling device according to Paul.

The Question:  does the President have the power to order a drone strike against an America citizen within the territory of the United States without due process when there is no threat of imminent danger?

The Answer:  earlier today, Holder didn’t clarify the Administration’s view in a testy exchange with Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.

So, Rand Paul decided that this vague response, along with an equally useless series of letters from Holder, needed attention drawn to it. What better way to do that than a filibuster!  Though Brennan will likely be confirmed, damage is certainly being done to the Administration’s credibility on this issue.

If you read this in time, put on C-SPAN — he may still be speaking!

UPDATE:  After 13 hours, Rand Paul yielded the floor.  Holder sent Paul an answer to the question above:  “I’m disappointed it took a month and a half and a root canal to get it, but we did get the answer.”  That answer was no.

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