Rand Paul: 'I will not let Obama ‘shred the Constitution’
- A solid thank you from THE FEDERALIST to patriot Democrat Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon for standing with Rand Paul and for opposing the NDAA.
- Paul has the support of a few Senators, but most are hiding under their desks.
It is called leadership.
Constitutional Federalist Senator Rand Paul is staging an active filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director. Paul's move was prompted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s admission that it could be constitutional to carry out a drone strike on an American in the United States.
Paul said that all presidents must honor the Fifth Amendment.
“No American should ever be killed in their house without warrant and some kind of aggressive behavior by them,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “To be bombed in your sleep? There’s nothing American about that . . . [Obama] says trust him because he hasn’t done it yet. He says he doesn’t intend to do so, but he might. Mr. President, that’s not good enough . . . so I’ve come here to speak for as long as I can to draw attention to something that I find to really be very disturbing.”
“I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution,” Paul added. "No person will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process,” he said, quoting the Fifth Amendment.
Comrade Attorney General Holder reiterated that "the government has no intention to carry out any drone strikes in the United States". Yeah. No intention.
GOP Senator Chuck Grassley told him his reference to "extraordinary circumstances" such as September 11 or the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbour were "extremely concerning".
"It is imperative that we understand the operational boundaries for use of such force," Mr Grassley said. "American citizens have a right to understand when their life can be taken by their government absent due process."
Daphne Eviatar, a senior counsel at Human Rights First, said: “It’s hard to see how authorities could not be in a position to arrest someone yet be able to kill them.
“The administration should publish all its legal memos on targeted killing. Classified information can be redacted if necessary. There is no reason for legal opinions justifying ongoing US programmes to be kept secret.”