Sunday, February 17, 2013
2/17/13 - In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) continued to press the issue of whether President Obama's nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan, believes that the President has the authority to order drone strikes on U.S. citizens on American soil, as well as on foreign soil. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pressed Sen. Paul on his objections, asking "If we knew where an al Quaeda operative was, American or foreign, on U.S. soil, wouldn't we just go and catch him?"
"You would think," Paul replied, before delving into Brennan's response to that question.
Wallace began by asking Paul about possible judicial oversight over the drone program, but Sen. Paul quickly narrowed the topic. "What i'm asking is about drone strikes on Americans, on American soil. The president will not answer that he cannot do this, in fact he seems to be asserting that he can do this... all he'll say is he doesn't intend to do this. It is like him to saying, I don't intend to override the Second Amendment, but I might."
"I thought you were objecting to drone strikes on American citizens on foreign soil as well," Wallace interrupted. "Is that not true?"
"I'm primarily asking, the primary question is, Americans on American soil, can the President kill them with a drone strike from the program," Paul responded, later conceding that he also believes even Americans overseas should be tried for treason before being killed in drone strikes. "You should get protection for being an american citizen," he said.
The memo that outlines the legal rationale for the drone program lists, as one of the criteria for a strike, that "capture is infeasible," which Wallace seemed to be referencing when he asked Paul "If we knew where an al Quaeda operative was, American or foreign, on U.S. soil, wouldn't we just go and catch him?"
"You would think," Sen. Paul replied, "but here's Brennan's response. He says the authorization to use force in 2001 in Afghanistan has no geographical limits. So, when he says that, our first question is, gosh, he is implying he could do it in America?"
Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Brennan about just that possibility, and received the response that Sen. Paul finds so disturbing:
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked Brennan in written follow-up questions to his Feb. 7 confirmation hearing, "Could the administration carry out drone strikes inside the United States?"
Brennan answered, "This administration has not carried out drone strikes inside the United States and has no intention of doing so."
The overlooked central problem that the drone program highlights is the problematic designation of counterterrorism as a "war," overlooked because Congress lacks the political will to do anything about it, like repealing or amending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force. Chris Wallace is right, according to the memo that the administration put together, any terror suspect operating on U.S. soil would likely not meet the "capture is infeasible" bar that it sets forth, and Brennan's response supports that. However, if terrorism is a "war," if that is the operating theory, then how could anyone absolutely rule out every scenario under which such a "war" could be fought? The same "ticking time bomb" that was used to justify torture also leaves open the possibility that capture might one day be infeasible in order to prevent an attack from within the United States.
While there is lots of hand-wringing over the drone program, no one is suggesting that we no longer treat it as a war. They would all much rather slap the President's hands than tie them.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
"I think the sequester has to go through," Paul, R-Ky., told WTOP Thursday morning. "People need to realize the sequester is not really a cut in spending. It's a cut in the rate of growth of spending."
He adds that a new proposal by Senate Democrats to avoid sequestration with a mix of spending cuts and new tax revenue is a bad idea.
"Another dumb idea," said Paul, who on Tuesday delivered the tea party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. "They just raised taxes three months ago. Did they not get enough of a fix then? We've got to cut spending.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul: I'll only vote for this proposal if we have annual reports that have to be approved by Congress. So each year a report comes from an independent investigator saying we are meeting X, X and X targets and that the border is secure and we are really not allowing any illegal immigration. At that point in time, I think there is room then for normalizing these folks. David Brody: But do you believe those checks should come before any probationary legal... Paul: Security has to come first. That's why I would have a year's time period where you secure the border and then I would have a report at the end of the year and then I would have a normalization process.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Rand Paul talks about what he'll talk about in his 'Tea Party' rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is going head to head with the TSA. He has introduced bills to privatize the agency and establish a passenger bill of rights. Senator Paul has had numerous issues with the TSA over the years. The most infamous instance was in Tennessee last year, where the Senator was detained at a checkpoint after refusing to submit to a patdown. He consequently missed his guest speaker appearance at the March for Life. One of the two bills would require airports to hire private companies of their own choosing to conduct security screenings. The other would provide travelers with a number of protections from procedures like invasive searches. So how likely are these bills to pass and what will they really change? Baruch Feigenbaum, a Transportation Policy Analyst for the Reason Foundation, joins us to break it down.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Ron Paul warns us of the impending collapse of the U.S. Dollar and the unsustainable nature of U.S. monetary policy. Once again Ben Bernanke has no real solutions and continues to take us down the road toward total economic collapse.
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Saturday, February 2, 2013
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