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Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) response to my email about drones.

A few weeks ago after Sen. Rand Paul gave his filibuster speech I wrote to my Senator's. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. I have just now finally received a "response" from him and/or his staff. I was actually surprised he mentioned privacy in the email but still, I am curious about a few things about it though.

The last time I wrote him another DP member from another state received basically a copy/pasted response completely identical to the one that my senator did.

Had anyone else emailed their senator's and asked them about drones?

I'm also curious if anyone has ever received a response from Sen. Rubio? I've emailed him maybe a dozen or so times and no response whatsoever.

Here is Sen. Nelson' response:

Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you need to send another message to Senator Nelson, please use the form on his Web site: http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm#email

Dear Mr. :

Thank you for contacting me about the administration’s policy on drones.

We have used drones for years now; recently the use has accelerated. It is one means of allowing the United States to basically decapitate the leadership of Al Qaeda.

I believe the use of these drones is appropriate when the U.S. has clear, unequivocal intelligence on the location of terrorists who are actively engaged in plotting violent attacks against the U.S., our military assets, or our allies.

I also believe any actions we take must be legally grounded, that we use this form of lethal force only as a last resort, and that we do everything we can to continue to minimize civilian casualties.

The Attorney General stated that it would be a violation of current U.S. law to kill U.S. citizens not engaged in combat on U.S. soil. We must also have enough safeguards in place to make sure that the domestic use of drones does not violate American’s privacy.

I appreciate your comments on this issue. Be assured I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers the policy on drones.

Sincerely,
Bill Nelson