Well that was short lived after the 13 Hour filibuster and after surprisingly (John) McCain and (Lindsey) Graham blast him this am…..White House to Rand Paul: ‘The Answer is No.’ Rand Accepts.
I will say that in thirteen hours…someone has turned the heads of people to the use of drones….but again…the ploy was short lived as Rand (Paul) buckles at the drop of a dime…Good Ole Political Theatre as they say…..It was fun….watching my right winged phriends counting up the hours as it passed us by…i cracked up….However…after the dinner and a sequester last night…there is a great cheer for obama..and mccain and Lindsey coming off that meeting…was not good for this plan…they totally blasted Paul. I assume they feel they get there ways with the Pres….Anyway…everything is good to go…Thanks to the response in Eric Holders letter saying NO…that he has not done whatever Rand was talking about for 13 hours yesterday…so again, i guess we are good to go….(although..is there really no better way to spend that time? Cant we get some things done man hours wise than hanging out talking for a thirteen hour span of time…is there NOT another way to turn heads quickly or get things done quicker in our gov? Or, does everything have to be grandstanded or whatever the term? Its a bit of a waste…Obviously he had NO real basis for the thirteen hour rants because f there was substance behind it…we would have whomever’s back against the wall…but instead…we get a letter saying no…it was NOT done and all that 13 hour waste…was put behind us with a big phat OK…that he accepts that response the thirteen hour rant…about drone use…..I dunno man..if you REALLY believe that is an issue with regard to anyone in our gov…thats a big deal..thats a heavy accusation…you should not be talking that crap without any basis..let alone thirteen hours of it…its odd behavior….its a waste….its waste of man hours where he or they could be working on progressing something in some way….regardless….
Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation, Obama’s spokesman announced today.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney quoted from the letter that Holder sent to Paul today. “Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on an American soil?” Holder wrote, per Carney. “The answer is no.”
Here is the complete text of Holder’s letter. This news comes hours after Senators McCain and Graham scolded Rand Paul and his efforts on the Senate floor last night, with Graham saying Rand’s question about Obama’s authority to kill US citizens is “offensive” and doesn’t “deserve an answer.”
It’s a good question, considering Obama’s use of “signature strikes” in which individuals whose identities are not specifically known and have not been shown to be actively engaged in an ongoing plot or attack can be drone bombed.
Finally, it’s worth asking who the government considers a legitimate domestic target. Current domestic counter-terrorism efforts, like the Department of Homeland Security’s “fusion centers,” have targeted for surveillance Americans entirely uninvolved with terrorism.
A Senate investigation last year found that “when fusion centers did address terrorism,” which was rare, “they sometimes did so in ways that infringed on civil liberties,” the AP reported. “The centers have made headlines for circulating information about Ron Paul supporters, the ACLU, activists on both sides of the abortion debate, war protesters and advocates of gun rights.”
Some of these intelligence centers even investigated Muslim-American community groups and their book recommendations. No evidence of criminal activity was ever found, but the government did store the information, which it is prohibited from doing for First Amendment activities.
Update: Despite the lingering concerns that I mentioned above, Rand Paul has responded positively to the administration’s answer. TPM reports:
Appearing on CNN on Thursday afternoon, Paul declared that Holder’s response was satisfactory and that he would allow a vote on Brennan’s nomination.
“I’m quite happy with the answer and I’m disappointed it took a month and a half and a root canal to get it,” Paul said.
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- White House Responds To Rand Paul: Obama ‘Has Not And Would Not Use Drone Strikes’ On Non-Hostile Americans (businessinsider.com)
- Admin Answers Rand Paul: President Doesn’t Have Authority to Kill Americans on U.S. Soil (nationalreview.com)
- White House discloses limits on drone usage (modbee.com)
- White House Responds To Rand Paul On Killing Americans With Drones – ‘The Answer Is No’ (patdollard.com)
- McCain, Graham Attack Rand Paul for Anti-Drone Filibuster (news.antiwar.com)
- Rand Paul filibuster fails to get WH to pledge not to kill Americans on U.S. soil. (bluegrasspundit.com)
- Holder: Drone strike against Americans in the U.S. possible (cisosecurity.org)
- Stewart Applauds Rand Paul For Using Filibuster Over Drones Issue ‘Worth Kicking Up A Fuss For’ (mediaite.com)