What began as a simple, straightforward question on Wednesday concerning the White House’s secret drone program eventually turned into the boldest stance taken by any lawmaker – whether from Washington or Frankfort – in a long time.
After failing to get clear assurances from the Obama administration that it would not use drones to target Americans on U.S. soil without due process or a trial, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul took to the floor of the United States Senate at 11:47 a.m. and did not yield it back until after midnight.
In doing so, he brought Obama’s nomination of John Brennan as the nation’s next CIA director to a screeching halt. C-SPAN has never been so exciting.
During his filibuster, the senator from Bowling Green said he wants to know whether Brennan and the administration thinks it has the power to use a drone in the sky to kill an accused Kentuckian sitting in a café in Paducah, attending religious services in Danville or going about daily life anywhere else across this commonwealth or country.