What if a Senator talked for 13 hours…and people actually listened?...  Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul treated Washington to its first real, old-fashioned filibuster in years.  Paul stood there and talked for 12 hours, 55 minutes.  He held up the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA Director, but he knew he couldn’t prevent that.  He did it to call attention to Obama’s unclear answers about drone strikes to kill American citizens on US soil.  Some Senate Democrats actually joined in supporting him, and even Jon Stewart and the ACLU cheered him on.  Attorney General Eric Holder finally admitted that yes, the Administration thinks such killings would be constitutional, but he claimed it would happen only in extreme circumstances, like 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. That wasn’t good enough for Paul: he wants the circumstances specifically defined.  Ironically, the best summation of the whole 13 hours of talk came from libertarian David Angell in a single Twitter Tweet.  He wrote, “Perplexing that Rand Paul has to go through this to ask a Nobel Peace Prize winner whether or not he agrees with killing U.S. citizens.”

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  • Youssef El Ashmawi

    03/19/2013 02:38 PM

    Rand Paul did all Americans a service with his filibuster. I hope he keeps up the pressure on this issue. This is not a partisan issue. we must reexamine under what circumstances and in what ways we allow our government to kill people.

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