Last year, Republican Senator Rand Paul filibustered Obama’s nomination of David Barron to a federal appeals court in order to get the government to admit that they were killing American’s abroad via drone strikes. Now that the issue has resurfaced again, Rand Paul is yet again threatening such action to ensure every American’s right to due process.
Recently announcing his frustration, Paul stated, “The nominee, David Barron, has written a defense of drone executions of American citizens not directly involved in combat.” Further expounding on the violation of rights, Paul expressed, “Make no mistake, these memos don’t limit drone executions to one individual these memos become historic precedent for killing citizens abroad.”
Reasoning his well founded point, Paul further noted, “Some have argued that releasing the memos is sufficient to allow his nomination. This isn’t a debate about transparency. This is a debate about whether or not American citizens not involved in combat are guaranteed due process.”
In an effort to remedy Obama’s blatant constitutional overreach, Paul has recently declared, “I rise today to oppose the nomination of anyone who would argue that the President has the power to kill American citizens not involved in combat. I rise today to say that there is no legal precedent for killing American citizens not directly involved in combat and that any nominee who rubber stamps and grants such power to a President is not worthy of being placed one step away from the Supreme Court.”
So what do you think – is Paul fighting a just battle? Do you think his filibuster will gain him any ground on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.