“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the C.I.A.,” Mr. Paul began. “I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”
This coming just days after Attorney General Eric Holder came out saying that in extraordinary circumstances – such as an attack like Pearl Harbor or September 11th, 2001 – he would not rule out that the United States could react with lethal drone strikes on Americans on American soil.
While I don’t see eye-to-eye with Rand Paul on a number of things, this is a topic on which I agree with him wholeheartedly. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states:
nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
That’s about straightforward as you can get (and yet…). Can’t take away an American’s life without due process. Even if you think he’s a terrorist, arrest him and give him a trial. He has that right.
I don’t care which side of the aisle attention for this issue comes from, Americans need to know what these drone programs are. I’m not so sure 83% of Americans would support Obama’s drone policies if they knew he’s been using them to operate outside of our legal framework.