Rand Paul Anti-Drone Filibuster 13 Hours (updated)

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Submitted by Sandi on Thu, 2013-03-07 00:26

Rand Paul, one of the few Americans who stood his ground against an American dictator. The silence of the rest of America is utterly devastating.

"Paul's filibuster was at least two hours longer than most in U.S. history, as most flame out around 10 hours. Paul finished speaking around 12:40 a.m. local time, and his filibuster lasted 12 hours and 52 minutes."

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“To allow one man to accuse you in secret -- you never get notified you've been accused,” Paul said on the floor. “Your notification is the buzz of propellers on the drone as it flies overhead in the seconds before you're killed. Is that what we really want from our government?”

Paul said he’d be raising the same complaints under a Republican president.

“No one politician should be allowed to judge the guilt, to charge an individual, to judge the guilt of an individual and to execute an individual. It goes against everything that we fundamentally believe in our country,” he said.


Yes Kyrel, GO RAND PAUL!

Paul objects to what he calls the Obama administration's lack of clarity over whether a suspected terrorist who is an American citizen can be targeted with a drone strike on American soil.

"I'm here to filibuster John Brennan's nomination to be director of CIA," Sen. Paul (R.-Ky) said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "I will speak for as long as it takes. Paul says he wants more answers from the administration on whether American citizens can be targeted by armed drones inside the United States before he'll lift his filibuster on Brennan's nomination."

NBC quotes Rand Paul "That your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty."


Rand Paul Filibusters So Far 7 HOURS And Five Minutes With NO Bathroom Break!

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Doug Bandler's picture

Here is a very good article by NRO's Andrew McCarthy on the drone affair.


To iron out the inconsistencies, the courts may well conclude that if Americans are not to be treated as enemy combatants for purposes of lethal force, they should not be treated as enemy combatants for purposes of capture, detention, interrogation, and military war-crimes trials. Furthermore, if they follow the trajectory of the Supreme Court’s 2008 Boumediene decision, courts may well conclude that any core constitutional protections extended to American citizens must also be extended to alien enemy combatants. That would be the end of the law-of-war approach to counterterrorism.

Is that Senator Paul’s objective? I do not know. Many of his libertarian supporters would welcome it. Most Americans would disagree, recognizing that the war paradigm has been instrumental in preventing a reprise of 9/11.

McCarthy argues there are other ways to curtail the President's power. But the point that essentially all libertarians miss is that killing Americans who have joined the enemy is a legitimate government function. The use of drones is not inherently wrong. Gee, doesn't that sound like intrincisim which is a constant shortcoming of libertarians. Paul is just showing us why libertarians are so discredited. They are not mature adults but overgrown children (who know more about economics than Leftists).

Non initiation of force is not pacifism

Sandi's picture

There are a thousand other things that should have priority.

Start the count down, I am really looking forward to seeing your priorities.

my thought also

Doug Bandler's picture

that Rand Paul would oppose *any* droning, like his treasonous father.

That was my first thought too; the Pauls and their pacifism. But the Left will start killing non-leftists in time. They'll use drones if they can get away with it. This is one of those issues that I'm not that enraged by. There are a thousand other things that should have priority.

Rand Paul Writes About his Filibuster Experience

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" I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” — and I meant it.
..... At about 6:30 p.m., something extraordinary happened. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has been recovering from a stroke, came to the floor to give me something. I was not allowed to drink anything but water or eat anything but the candy left in our Senate desks. But he brought me an apple and a thermos full of tea — the same sustenance Jimmy Stewart brought to the Senate floor in the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” That was a moment I will never forget."

Full Article at the Washington Post

Trust the Government!

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture


On February 5th, 2013, Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney informed us that: "These [drone] strikes are legal, they are ethical, and they are wise."

I'd be worried ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... that Rand Paul would oppose *any* droning, like his treasonous father. But this was certainly a KASS spectacle of the kind we've been thirsting for from a Republican for so long. Milksop McCain should be droned for his contemptible response to it.

Come to think of it, droning would be an effective solution to the airhead problem as well. As long as President Perigo was in charge of it.

Dictator Barack

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Power corrupts. Few can resist. Once a person is given political power over his brothers today -- once he's a partial slave-master over them in our welfare state -- he's evidently mightily tempted to push his charges around and lord it over them. This is invariably done "for their own good," and because the peons under his authority are too stupid and slimy to make the right choices via individual freedom.

Now Obama evidently claims the power and right to murder American citizens without charge, trial, or legal oversight. On principle he refuses to repudiate that power and "right."

Go Rand Paul! Star

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