Everyone was taken by surprise, but Harry Reid was sure that it would be over in a few hours. Well, was he in for a surprise. Sen. Paul spent 13 hours schooling the Senate on the Constitution, and he brought to the forefront the use of drones as a killing machine and why Americans had reason to worry.
You see, the President and his Attorney General have been saying that they have no plans to use a drone to kill any non-combatant American citizens within the United States but they would not firmly commit to this. Sen. Paul used the cloture vote on John Brennan's CIA nomination to bring this to the forefront. And while some Americans didn't see any concern by what the President had, or had not said, Paul made it clear why they should be concerned.
You see, American citizens have a right to a fair trial if they are accused of something. And we all agree that if an American citizen is standing at the end of a runway holding a shoulder fired missile aimed at an aircraft, of course "taking him down" by violent force is justified. That would be an imminent danger situation. But by not saying that forces would NOT be used to "take down" a non-combatant in a situation lacking imminent action would open the door to all types of tyranny.
What if a citizen doesn't approve of the government and has made some speeches saying the same but in a completely peaceful manner? And what if a federal official determined that, in itself, constituted being an imminent threat situation without defining terms and without due process? Well, in such a case I am of the opinion it would be murder. They could kill him in his home, at a streetside cafe, even driving down the street, and there would be nothing to show that it was justified. Furthermore it would have been done without the legal system even reviewing the case to be made. Shouldn't they instead take him into custody for questioning and possible court action? Do any Americans really want this type of thing to happen?
Well, just remember this. Tyranny comes in many different forms. And absolute power corrupts absolutely. And all Senator Paul wanted to do was require that the President state that doing such was not within the purview of his official power. How any American could be upset by Sen Paul for this just seems astounding.
Guess what? Surprise, surprise. Yesterday afternoon Eric Holder affirmed what Paul was saying and the vote was held on Brennan. As Sen Paul said, "It was unfortunate it took over a month and it was almost like a root canal but at least they have now stated what we needed to know" or words close to that effect.
Thank you, Senator Paul, for standing up for our God given rights. It is sincerely appreciated.