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Ran Paul Launches a Real Life Filibuster Against Drones

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Washington Post reports that at about 11:45 am Kentucky Republican Rand Paul took the floor of the Senate to launch one of the chamber’s rarest spectacles: a genuine filibuster. Paul says he is “alarmed” at the lack of definition over who can be targeted by drone strikes and called Attorney General Eric Holder's refusal to rule out drone strikes to kill an American on U.S. soil “more than frightening” adding “When I asked the president, can you kill an American on American soil, it should have been an easy answer. It’s an easy question. It should have been a resounding, an unequivocal, ‘No.’ The president’s response? He hasn’t killed anyone yet. We’re supposed to be comforted by that.” Any senator can opt to hold the floor to speak on any matter, but the practice of speaking for hours on end is rare, especially in the modern-day Senate, where the chamber’s rules are used more often to block legislation or to hold show votes on trivial matters. Paul has since been joined in his symbolic effort by Republicans Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Tex.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.). He has also gotten some bipartisan support from Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.). Paul suggested that many college campuses in the 1960s were full of people who might have been considered enemies of the state. “Are you going to drop a Hellfire missile on Jane Fonda?”"

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Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) | about a year and a half ago | (#43097713)

Rand Paul Launches a Real Life Filibuster Against Drones
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