United States Senator Rand Paul (Ky-R) protested against one of the President’s latest ideas yesterday,
for thirteen hours straight. According to Wednesday’s Fox News article, Paul launched into an old-fashioned “filibuster” – also known as a protest or temporary strike, Wednesday around 11am. For thirteen hours, or until about twelve o’ clock in the morning, Paul held the senate floor, basically refusing to allow Senate business to go on.
What Is Going On?
Apparently, this all started during a normal Senate meeting, when Attorney General Eric Holder mentioned something about possibly making it legal to assassinate an American on United States soil. Paul was so outraged that he immediately took the floor and continued until just a few hours ago.“No one politician should be allowed to judge the guilt … of an individual and to execute an individual. It goes against everything that we fundamentally believe in our country,” he said.
Later on, to give Paul a break from his speech, Republican and even Democrat colleagues Ron Wyden and Ted Cruz and others took turns reading Tweets in favor of Paul and spoke supporting his argument.
Attorney General Eric Holder Stands His Ground
Eric Holder basically said that such a need for drone attack might never arise, but you never know, saying the situation was “entirely hypothetical” and “unlikely to occur.” Holder’s response to Paul’s filibuster and accompanying speech was, “It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the president to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”
Basically what happened is Rand Paul protested and the Attorney General stood his ground. Paul made his point, but Holder didn’t give. In the meantime, we creep closer and closer to a day when military strikes against American citizens on U.S. soil is a reality.
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