Rand Paul stops confirmation of CIA director for one day due to drone killings of Americans (RT)Submitted by Houckie377 on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 00:08
United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) began a filibuster on the floor of the US Capitol Building on Wednesday with the intention of halting President Barack Obama’s nominee for the position of CIA director.
Lawmakers in Washington were gathered to finalize plans to confirm John Brennan as the next head of the Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday, but Sen. Paul took the floor just shy of 12 noon and told colleagues that he would speak out against the president’s pick for as long as he had to in order to prevent the appointment from being finalized.
The son of former presidential contender and congressman Ron Paul continued for hours, gaining support from members of both major political parties in opposing the president’s nomination.
“This is not about partisanship,” said the Republican senator, who claimed to have affirmed other choices made by the democratic president. Rather, Sen. Paul said that the matter at hand — the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to execute US citizens without a trial — was one that was so polarizing that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle couldn’t help but align on his team.
“It's not partisan against partisan; it's bipartisan working for the power of the checks and balances to try to ensure a leveling,” tweeted a member of the senator’s social media team during his address as it stretched into the evening.
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