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Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Rand Paul. Clearly the result of good breeding.
Fifty more of him and we could transform the U.S.
back to where it once was. It's getting  a little late
for the sheeple to wake up, but please do what you
can by informing your friends and relations of what
this nation is up against.

H/T to Merlin

Lee joins Paul in talking filibuster against CIA nominee Brennan

By Ramsey Cox - 03/06/13 12:00 PM ET
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Wednesday joined Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in his talking filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“Americans have every reason to be concerned any time the government wants to intrude on life, liberty or prosperity,” Lee said. “We’re talking here about the sanctity of human life and we have to take steps to protect that.”
Paul had been speaking from the Senate floor for more than three hours before another GOP member joined him.
“I’m here to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination to be director of CIA,” Paul said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “I will speak for as long as it takes."

“I will speak today until the president says, ‘no’ he will not kill you at a café or in your home.”
Paul has said 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. 
No American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being found guilty of a crime,” Paul said. “That an American could be killed on American soil is an abomination.” Paul noted that his throat was getting dry as he passed the one-hour mark of the talking filibuster, which has become rare in the upper chamber. Senators are allowed to filibuster without commanding the floor, so few choose to hold up nominations or legislation by speaking. 

"This is the first time I’ve come to the floor to use a true talking filibuster," Paul said. "It almost never happens. … I don’t think I’ve ever seen some one come and speak in a filibuster before."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said earlier Wednesday that he had hoped to have a vote on Brennan’s nomination so that lawmakers could leave town before a snowstorm prevented members from heading home for the weekend.
The Senate Intelligence panel in a 12-3 vote on Tuesday approved Brennan, but Paul has said he will keep his filibuster going until President Obama says he will not kill Americans by drone attack on American soil.
“Has America the Beautiful become ‘Alice in Wonderland’?” Paul said. “When I asked the president can you kill an American on American soil, it should have been an easy answer — an unequivocal "no."
“But his answer was, ‘I haven’t killed anyone yet and I have no intention of killing Americans, but I might.’ ”
Paul said the possibility that a citizen could be targeted without being charged in the courts went against the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, which gives citizens the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.

“The Fifth Amendment should also protect you from a president who might kill you with a drone,” Paul said. “No American should be killed in their house without a warrant. … But [Obama] says trust him, he hasn’t done it yet.

“Mr. President that’s not good enough. … I will not sit quietly in my office and let him shred the Constitution.”
Recently released Justice Department documents claim the CIA and the DOD have the legal right to take out terror suspects across the globe via armed drone strikes, even if those suspects happen to be U.S. citizens.
The legal justifications allowing armed drones to take out U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas would open the door to such strikes against Americans inside the U.S., according to Paul.

Attorney General Eric Holder this week declined to rule out armed-drone strikes on American soil, though he said it's a far-fetched scenario.

In a letter sent to Paul before Brennan's confirmation vote, Holder said the White House "has no intention" of launching drone strikes on American soil, saying the administration "rejects the use of military force" inside the U.S. when "well-established law enforcement authorities" exist.

"The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront," Holder wrote. 
Lee said that Holder’s memo expressed a “standardless standard.”
“No one can reasonably look into this and see who the government may kill with a drone and who the government won’t kill with a drone,” Lee said.
Carlo Muñoz contributed.

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