Rand Paul’s Spokesperson: No Retraction On Drone StatementSubmitted by McWilly on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 14:03
Rand Paul responded to the firestorm he caused with his comments yesterday, which many interpreted as a flip flop in his stance on the use of drones. He released this statement today in an attempt to clarify his meaning:
My comments last night left the mistaken impression that my position on drones had changed.
Let me be clear: it has not. Armed drones should not be used in normal crime situations. They only may only be considered in extraordinary, lethal situations where there is an ongoing, imminent threat. I described that scenario previously during my Senate filibuster.
Additionally, surveillance drones should only be used with warrants and specific targets.
Fighting terrorism and capturing terrorists must be done while preserving our constitutional protections. This was demonstrated last week in Boston. As we all seek to prevent future tragedies, we must continue to bear this in mind.
Hmm, well considering that the instance he cited yesterday about what seems to be a very ordinary crime circumstance, where a robber emerges from a liquor store and is killed via drone, that statement doesn’t really hold up.
I guess we’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one (as we have to do so many, many times..), but Foreign Policy asked:
..if he was retracting his hypothetical about an armed liquor store thief being killed by a drone, his spokeswoman Moira Bagley told Foreign Policy “not retracting.”