With all the chatter over the Hagel nomination that not two in a thousand Americans really understood, Rand Paul took the floor today to filibuster Obama nominee, John Brennan, slated to run the CIA, on the narrow argument of Brennan’s support for the Drone program, and more specifically, the claimed right to kill US citizens with drones and secret evidence.
“I’m going to speak as long as I can to draw attention to something I find very disturbing,” said Paul, who started speaking at 11:45 a.m.
It’s not a partisan issue, Paul said, noting that he voted to support the nominations of John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, the secretaries of State and Defense.
Paul was joined in the afternoon by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Jerry Moran, R-Kan. Along with the overseas drone strikes, they questioned the constitutionality of the U.S. government attacking a U.S. citizen on American soil without due process.
“No American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found guilty of a crime by a court,” Paul said. “How can you kill someone without going to a judge, or a jury?”
Maybe it doesn’t get better then 20 in a thousand Americans understanding the actual arguments involved, but a vast majority are aware of the Drone program and it’s generally negative placement in popular folk mythology.
Rand Paul, after his gonzo trip to Israel, his shifty Hagel performance, is delivering a solid preformance of political theater, and throwing in a monkey wrench to boot.
Update: Live Filibuster blog at AmConMag