Rand Paul's Filibuster: A "Victory" That Changes NothingSubmitted by McWilly on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 22:23
Rand Paul stood before the Senate yesterday to filibuster the nomination of John Brennen as the head of the CIA, using the platform to denounce the illegal and unconstitutional extrajudicial murder of American citizens via drone attacks. It was the first filibuster since 2010, and one of the longest on record – 13+ hours, ending at roughly 1am ET.
As we have just recently learned today, in the end it was a kind-of-sort-of victory, with Attorney General Holder sending Rand Paul a letter today citing that ”It has come to my attention,” the letter states “That you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ The answer to that question is no.”
On the surface that sounds like the White House saying that it won’t kill Americans here (Abroad? Guess that’s still up for debate…). But really, it’s not. Really, nothing has changed. Because this language still exists in internal government memos from the Department of Justice.