Senator Rand Paul: “Don’t Drone on Me”

Imagine sitting at your local Starbucks restaurant or enjoying drinks at your favorite bar with friends and a drone blows half the place up because President Obama thinks he has the authority to conduct drone military strikes here at home on his own people. Senator Paul Rand Paul tried to put the brakes on President Obama’s “license to kill” obsession by filibustering John Brennan’s CIA nomination March 6, 2013.

That’s right Senator Paul exercised his right as a member of Congress, enshrined in the United States Constitution, to draw attention to a very serious matter. When the Senate was set to vote on John Brennan’s nomination for head of the CIA, Paul led a 13-hour filibuster against the nomination demanding Obama put in writing he would never use drones kill Americans not involved in combat.

Why did Paul take such a bold stand? Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter indicating the president has the power to conduct drone strikes on American soil but “has no intention of doing so.” “No intention” isn’t the same as “won’t ever” and Paul rode herd on this administration’s frightening interpretation of its executive war powers.

“You should be charged, you should be imprisoned if they can make the charges stick. But they shouldn’t just drop a Hellfire missile on your café experience,” declared Paul on the Senate floor.

Why is it a big deal? Drones kill innocent people as they obliterate the bad guys. According to a Stanford/New York University report  Living Under Drones “from June 2004 to September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562 – 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 – 881 were civilians, including 176 children.” The report found the strikes injured another 1,228 – 1,362 individuals. In war zones abroad some level of civilian loss may be acceptable but not here at home. No way. No how.

In its haughty attempt to castigate Paul, the Wall Street Journal noted that under our war laws, the government can “target enemy combatants anywhere, anytime.”  A US citizen can be declared an enemy combatant by the President “if he belongs to an entity –a government, say, or a terrorist network like al Qaeda” that is at war with the United States. The Journal and Holder’s interpretation of it’s ability to use drones on Americans here at home versus conventional means of capture, interrogate, find guilty, and punish seems to be in the over-reach zone.

The “war on terrorism” is not a typical war fought on the front lines of a battlefield. It will be fought into infinity because living under the threat of al Qaeda attacks is America’s new normal. It’s an intelligence war, which will be waged indefinitely by the US against the psyche of madmen, trying to track down al Qaeda’s  horrific plots to kill masses of Americans before they occur.  It’s not like the conventional wars being fought in Afghanistan or Iraq and doesn’t appear to meet the war standard for drone attacks on Americans at home.

If the Civil War occurred today, I doubt Lincoln would say, “Let’s bring in the drones to bring down the south.” It was bad enough during 1861-1865 Americans were at war with each other. But we didn’t need non-combatant civilians adding to the death toll. Recall during the war, civilians in the South helped Confederate soldiers, giving them shelter and food. Under Obama’s interpretation of the war laws, these southerners would be declared “enemy combatants” and qualify for Obama’s drone strikes.

In 1942, when the military captured seven Nazis and an American in the US during World War II, they were first found guilty in a military tribunal, then six of the Nazis and the American were found guilty and executed. Our government didn’t blow them up with a grenade in a public place.

Looks like “Rand Paul’s Drone Rant” worked in spite the Wall Street Journal and other Republicans attacks on the Senator’s filibuster. After Holder affirmed in a letter to Paul the US would not conduct drone strikes on Americans here at home who aren’t engaged in combat, John Brennan was confirmed March 7, 2013. Enough said. Thank you Senator Paul.

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13 Responses to “Senator Rand Paul: “Don’t Drone on Me””

  1. Scott says:

    Here Here! Rand Paul stands up for the rule of law.
    CBC correctly praises a good thing and gives us a little background.

  2. Noel says:

    Well said CBC.

  3. Franklin says:

    Two things about this article.

    I am not a big rand fan, but he was right and correct to use a lawful method of bringing attention to this very serious method of operation in the minds of the Potus and his powerful henchmen.
    Especially since america’s government parasite propaganda press arm would never make mention of this abuse of power.

    The other thing is the minor use of Abraham Lincoln in defense of Paul’s actions….

    Lincoln was NOT the Saint Do-good-er straight arrow that the american educational system has brainwashed americans to believe he was….

    Lincoln manipulated and coerced the press, armies and laws as much then as obama is doing now…..

    It’s a political oddity that the Republican party and Democratic party of Lincoln’s day has now flipped issues and platforms….

    However, the dirty corruption and manipulation of laws continues with the Potus and both Houses of Congress.

    Back to Paul…..The floor of the Senate and House are EXACTLY the place where these types of discussions should be going on…..

  4. Daren says:

    CWC I am really surprised you did not write a piece pandering and pimping your new so call PAC. Now according to y’all website, y’all are supposed to grow a pool a diverse pool of minority candidates for public office, the funny thing all your board members are white and from inside the beltway, okay one person is from Minn. a hot bed of minority activities. For Heaven sakes Rand Paul is your spoke person, what Colin Powell, Alan Keyes, Alvin Williams, Thomas Sowell, and Star Parker, Francis Rice host of other house knee grows too many to mention, I guess were unavailable. I just remember the GOP tried this con when W was in the Whitehouse and they called it BAMPAC and we and know how successful that was.

  5. JEFF TURNER says:

    Very well said. You could not be more correct. The government killing Americans that have not even entered the legal system is very dangerous, even for someone as gifted and smart as President Obama.

  6. [...] Crystal Wright: Senator Rand Paul: “Don’t Drone On Me” – Looks like “Rand Paul’s Drone Rant” worked in spite the Wall Street Journal and other Republicans attacks on the Senator’s filibuster. After Holder affirmed in a letter to Paul the US would not conduct drone strikes on Americans here at home who aren’t engaged in combat, John Brennan was confirmed March 7, 2013. Enough said. Thank you Senator Paul. [...]

  7. Jeff says:

    Beyond the drones themselves, it is a big deal that it takes such an extreme measure for the “most transparent” administration to answer a simple question.

  8. james says:

    It’s amazing how a guy like Randy Paul can talks so much and say… Absolutely Postively Nothing. Typical tea bagger.

  9. JEFF TURNER says:

    Maybe I can understand killing the American born Father that had turned to terrorist and the dark side. But killing the man’s 16 year old son that simply went to look for his terrorist Father, and a nothing to do with terrorism is un-excusable. Big G government at work, incompetent.

  10. miles says:

    RAND paul accomplished nothing. Is this the best the gop has to offer? Get ready bfor another butt kicking in 2016.

  11. Daren says:

    CWC, I can’t wait on your write up on that debacle held at the national harbor by the league of loser aka CPAC

  12. Daren says:

    CWC, it would appear that your good friends over at CPAC where not nice at all to knee grows and were preaching the gospel of segregation, good luck with that outreach effort to people of color.

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