Senator Rand Paul began his filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to lead the CIA as a one-man protest against the Obama administration’s drone policy but he has now been joined by Senator Mike Lee of Utah, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas (so far.) The filibuster started at 11:47 am Eastern and Paul vowed that he would speak until he could no longer speak.
Senator Paul’s filibuster can be viewed here.
Via John Sexton, of Big Government:
Brennan’s nomination has been on the back burner for several weeks as other issues, including the nomination of Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense, took precedence. Yesterday the logjam seemed to break when the White House agreed to show lawmakers the top-secret legal decisions used to justify the killing of American citizens abroad. The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 to approve Brennan’s nomination on Tuesday.
“If there was an ounce of courage in this body I would be joined by many other Senators,” Sen. Paul said. “Would you tolerate a Republican who said I like the first amendment, I don’t plan to violate the first amendment, but I might,” he asked rhetorically. He then turned the question around and asked if Republicans would tolerate that sort of vaguery with regard to the 2nd amendment.
Earlier today, Senator Cruz was able to get Eric Holder to admit that killing Americans with Drones on U.S. soil is unconstitutional providing that American terror suspect does not pose an “imminent threat.”
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Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has taken to the floor to show his support for Paul’s filibuster.
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Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled Senator Moran’s name – Terry instead of Jerry.