Paul filibusters Brennan over radio-controlled drones possible use in America

Mar 06, 2013 5:24 pm
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul launched a filibuster over John Brennan's for CIA Director. Paul received a letter from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saying the president could kill Americans with radio-controlled drones on U.S. soil. Paul was joined in the filibuster by many Republicans and Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon. “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the C.I.A.,” Mr. Paul began the day saying. “I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, 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 by a court.”

UPDATE: On Thu., March 7 Attorney General Eric Holder released a 43-word statement in response to Kentucky Republican Rand Paul's Senate filibuster the day before. Paul questioned Holder's previous letter to Rand, which, he said, suggested the administration felt it could bomb Americans with radio-controlled drones on U.S. soil. Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham, criticized Paul on the Senate floor today as John Brennan was confirmed as CIA Director (what Rand was filibustering). The White House released Holder's letter during its daily press briefing and Paul heard it first on Fox News.