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Rand Paul to Obama and John Brennan: Answer My Question About Drone Strikes

Rand Paul wants answers on drone stirkes

U.S. Senator Rand Paul still intends to try to block John Brennan’s nomination as CIA Director until he answers a simple question about drone strikes on American soil.

Paul, a libertarian-oriented Republican and medical doctor, wants the administration to come clean as to whether it believes it has the authority to order such domestic drone strikes. Brennan has not responded to Sen. Rand’s question to date. Paul says he is raising serious constitutional issues, but the Obama administration has stonewalled.

The senator noted that the president has said he has no “intention” of deploying drones in America, but Rand said that leaves the administration way too much wiggle room.

Paul has previous stated that he will do “whatever it takes” to delay the Brennan confirmation until the nominee answers whether Americans can legally be killed by drone strikes inside the United States.

The controversy that seems to have united both the left and the right to some degree about foreign and domestic drone strikes came to a head recently when a document (the so-called Kill Americans memo) was leaked to NBC News. This memo indicated the Obama administration claimed it has the legal authority to use drones to kill American citizens anywhere in the world without the benefit of legal counsel or due process.

Paul wants Brennan, and by extension the president, to disavow any drone strikes within US borders. He explained his position on FNC:

“The idea that you get a trial before a jury and a judge if you’re accused of a crime is something that we’ve had in our history through English history and US history for 800 years. It is a very important part of the Bill of Rights due process. So what we’re talking about is not killing someone with a grenade launcher on their shoulder. We’re talking about someone eating at a cafe in Boston, or in New York, and a Hellfire missile comes raining in on them.

“There should be an easy answer from the administration on this. They should say, ‘Absolutely no, we will not kill Americans in America without an accusation, a trial and a jury.’ And I’m not talking about people engaged in lethal force. I’m talking about people city in a cafe having coffee. People like this are being killed around the world. We should not be doing this in America.”

Do you think Sen. Paul is correct in demanding answers regarding to drone strikes on persons within the US who are not actively engaging in violent terrorist acts?

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2 Responses to “Rand Paul to Obama and John Brennan: Answer My Question About Drone Strikes”

  1. Kevin Kienzle

    Well of course he's right. It's self evident. We are supposed to have rights and legal protections. Period.

    That the Obama administration can't come right out and solidly affirm the American way in this is a bit scary. Has our society really been reduced to this?

  2. Bobby Dias

    Obama's American way>>? Obama's father said to me that junior whipped his(the father's ) slaves trying to make them say that he was their one and only god. All but two said it, One could not because he could not hear or speak- he died. The other died because he could not understand junior's language. Obama's still calls Republicans names because they will not agree with him, God Obama. Obama's father also said to me that Hitler was junior's boyhood hero. When I caught 10-year old Barack Obama stealing money from a store, in Hawaii, Ann Dunham said to the policeman that she was no relation to Barack Obama, only keeping him as a favor for a friend(Obama's father. Ann Dunham also said to the police officer that junior was not from this country. The administrator of Occidental College(near Los Angeles) said to me that Barack Obama did not have any idea of American values. She had kicked him out mid-first term for low grades.

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