UPDATE: Rand Paul is Filibustering Obama’s CIA Nominee

Rand Paul's filibusters John Brennan

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has become the fiercest of President Obama’s drone program, is currently in the middle of a traditional filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan. He been at it for a just over two hours, having started at 11:47am.

You can watch it live here.

Brennan, who was nominated by President Obama to serve as director of the CIA, was asked some very direct questions by Sen. Paul over the drones program. Sen. Paul wanted to know whether or not the White House could perhaps target American citizens who are merely suspected terrorist activities inside the borders of the United States.

Attorney General Eric Holder responded to the questions raised by Sen. Paul about the drone program. “The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront,” Holder wrote. “It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”

Sen. Paul recognizes that he won’t be able to keep going for a prolonged period of time, but he is using the time to highlight the various issues problems with the use of drones against American citizens, thus denying them due process.

[UPDATE] The filibuster has gone on for over four hours. Sen. Paul, who has made it clear that his filibuster is not about President Obama or John Brennan, has been joined by his follow Tea Party Senators, Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). That’s right, folks, it was the Tea Party that led the charge today in defending civil liberties. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have since joined the filibuster.

[UPDATE II] Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has joined the parade.


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