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March 6, 2013 - 4:45 pm

During his ongoing filibuster in the well of the US Senate, Sen. Rand Paul introduced a resolution opposing the targeted drone killing of US citizens on American soil by our government. The resolution stated that “the use of drones to execute or target American citizens on American soil who pose no imminent threat clearly violates Constitutional rights” [of due process].

Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) blocked a floor vote on the resolution.

Paul began the filibuster at 11:47 am this morning to delay a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA, until he could get answers from the Obama administration on drone use against US citizens on US soil who may be in league with al Qaeda or other terrorist groups. Holder told Sen. Paul in a letter on March 4 that he could envision scenarios in which a drone killing might be justified, but rejected Paul’s questions as “hypothetical” and “unlikely.”

The fact is, the use of drones against Americans on US soil has already happened. That case did not involve the federal government and no one was killed. It involved a local dispute that began over milk. It’s only a matter of time before the federal government finds itself dealing with a US citizen terrorist operating on US soil. Hizballah already operates in the Texas-Mexico border region. It’s a virtual certainty that they will recruit Americans to stage some attack, if they have not done so already.

Beyond that, though, the current government has squandered any trust it may have had on the question of handling the rights of US citizens. The Obama Department of Homeland Security issued a report in 2009 in which it cast returning veterans and “anti-government” activists as potential terrorists. Though Obama approved the drone killing of Anwar al-Awlaki overseas despite the fact that he was a US citizen, it is currently treating the terrorist attack on Ft. Hood, Texas as “workplace violence” for purely political reasons. Awlaki is known to have exhorted the terrorist who carried out that attack.

But beyond that, Sen. Paul has done himself no favors by lamenting the global nature of the global war on terrorism. That clumsy name reflects a fact: Al Qaeda chose to make the war global when it attacked Americans on September 11, 2001 in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania. Our government has not patched up the holes in our immigration system that facilitated that attack. The global war on terrorism has been fought on American soil for more than a dozen years, and not by any US administration’s choice.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Why is Steve Green Not Drunkblogging this? Where is our VodkaPundit where there are potentially hundreds of viable drinking games for a political event moving into it's 11th hour?

Steve! We need you!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Why is anybody surprised? It's been a down hill slide on the erosion of protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights following 9-11. Remember the concerns about the Patriot Act and other legislation that grants the government the authority to invade a citizen's right to privacy, to deny due process, to deny habeas corpus, to deny presumption of innocence? Just say the magic word "terrorism" and poof, the government can stick a camera up your ass, and that of your friends and neighbors and co-workers, can seize your property and money, hold you in solitary confinement indefinitely with no one being told, can deny you travel via public transportation, can kill you and those innocents unfortunate to be around you by armed drone on a nod by the President or whomever he hands the kill button to that day, after all you can't expect Obama to hold the button while he's golfing or shooting hoops or calling the Republicans or whomever disagrees with his policies terrorists. But not to worry, the government, meaning our altruistic, honest, rational political leaders assure us that they will only use this power only as a last resort to protect us. And I'm sure the billions of rounds of ammo and thousands of weapons and light armored tactical vehicles being purchased by DHS and other agencies outside of the Defense Department are just a sensible precautionary measure to defend us from the tens of thousands of terrorists lurking in the US waiting for the signal to re-do 9-11. And I'm sure the first American killed by armed drone on American soil will be quickly identified and announced by the press to be the ultra right racist hate spewing terrorist our fearless leader will say he was, while all of the now dead terrorist's family, friends and supporters and those who doubt the legality or morality of our dear leader's actions will be quickly rounded up, their assets taken, and their potential incitement of others to civil disobedience to the government's actions silenced by indefinite detention or the threat of the same. In Hitler's Germany, all it took to get rid of someone was to denounce them as a Jew, a homosexual, or a Communist. Today all it takes in Obama's America is to declare someone a potential terrorist. And worse, there is an ongoing effort by some to expand the definition of terrorist to include all who oppose the tyranny that is our current administration. While I have had the misfortune, as have many other Americans including my children, to lose friends to acts of terrorism, and to have fought against foreign terrorists in foreign lands, in truth, I fear our current government and its arrogant abusive use of the power we gave them, more than I fear the threat of terrorist attacks whether on American soil or overseas.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
go paul go paul go paul ...

the only transparent thing about this admin is the transparent way they are going about getting ready to assault the American people. obi & holder are stooges, and not very smart ones, in somebody else's power play. useful idiots promoted waaaay beyong their pay grade. once things get out of hand they will no longer be of much use to anybody.

i think obi has given up on having an armed civilian force to inflict their agenda, so he thinks he has found a friend in drones. he's been killing guilty and innocent alike overseas in our name. then, again, he refuses to come clean on the details. i also suspect they plan on trying to steal some more elections in '14. once he has both houses and a new s.c. justice or two, this whole thing will erupt. jmho
1 year ago
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Given up on his civilian defense force? 7000 M4 "personal defense" carbines for the TSA, swat teams in the Dept of Agriculture, millions of rounds for every Fed agency, if you combine all that seems to me it's a start. The drones and a civilian force could be complementary, but drones would be pretty useless for ground control and harassment.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
So Democrats are fine with the federal government killing US citizens? Democrats have a war on Americans!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Did anyone else catch Paul's mention of Hanoi Jane having her picture taken in North Korea during that war? And that under the current drone rules, Obama would have authorized a strike on her.

Now there is a hell of way to make this "whole drone strikes on American citizens on US soil" point!
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