Paul Rand drones on for 13 hours to stop King Obama
THE homepage of the BBC website has no mention of Republican US senator Paul Rand’s momentous filibuster. It’s buried on the Us section. Rand spoke for 13 hours to delay the nomination of White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to the top job at the CIA. Questions abound about the possible use of drones against Americans. Using drones to fire on Americans would go against the sixth amendment – an American citizen’s right to a fair trial.
Senator Paul wants President Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder to pledge that drones would not be used to kill US citizens, even those accused of terrorism.
Paul’s verbosity can be surmised:
“No president has the right to say he is judge, jury and executioner.”
Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz, Senator Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio of Florida all spoke at times to allow Paul a breather.
Question: Had George ‘W’ Bush not ruled out the use of drones against his countrymen would it have been BBC front-page news?