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Rand Paul blocks nomination of judge who authored secret drone memos

Paul starts new drone war

By Alexander Bolton - 05/05/14 06:00 AM EDT

Rand Paul has warned Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obama’s appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obama’s drone policy.

Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, has informed Reid he will object to David Barron’s nomination to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals unless the Justice Department makes public the memos he authored justifying the killing of an American citizen in Yemen.

The American Civil Liberties Union supports Paul’s objection, giving some Democratic lawmakers extra incentive to support a delay to Barron’s nomination, which could come to the floor in the next two weeks.

Barron, formerly a lawyer in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, penned at least one secret legal memo approving the Sept. 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric whom intelligence officials accused of planning terrorist attacks against the United States.

The attack also killed another American citizen, Samir Khan, the creator of an online magazine catering to jihadists.

Paul says Justice must show Baron’s memo before he will consider lifting the hold.


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The Rubber Hits The Road

Bounce the toad.

Never fear, Diane has been on the case

since Feb. of 2013.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in February of last year that her staff was aware of nine OLC memos laying out the legal argument for killing al-Awlaki without a trial but had only seen four of those documents. Feinstein said in a statement that her panel had made a request “for all nine OLC opinions — and any other relevant documents — in order to fully evaluate the executive branch’s legal reasoning, and to broaden access to the opinions to appropriate members of committee staff.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/205105-paul-starts-new-dr...

The ACLU supports Rand Paul's objection

Fake libs' heads just exploded across the country.

Good job Rand!

He's got my vote, that is, unless Ron, or Chris Cannibiski decide to run.

"I'm Ron Paul." - Ron Paul

Now will those who stood with

Now will those who stood with Rand during his drone speech, stand with rand again when it really counts on the exact same issue? Every single member of the senate who stood with rand should be expected to account.

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Rand Paul continues his "smart strategy".


Campaign For Liberty

prepared to Stand with Rand again.

Campaign for Liberty strongly encouraged our members to #StandWithRand against drones during his famous 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination. If Harry Reid plans to bring up David Barron’s nomination for a floor vote, Campaign for Liberty is prepared to #StandWithRand again to see that the administration is forced to disclose their legal reasoning for the extrajudicial assassinations of two American citizens.


CBS News

Rand Paul threatens to hold up nominee over drone policy

May 5, 2014, 11:58 AM

Before the Senate confirms David Barron to a lifetime spot on the First Circuit Court of Appeals, it should insist on the public release of redacted memos that Barron helped write, authorizing the killing of an American on foreign soil, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Barron's nomination could come up for consideration in the Senate as early as this week, but Paul said that he will object to any attempts to speed up Barron's confirmation until his concerns are satisfied.

Paul noted that last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Justice Department to release a redacted version of the memo that authorized the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who joined al Qaeda, in Yemen. As a lawyer in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, Barron helped author at least two such memos, the New York Times reported last year.

"It would be irresponsible for the Senate to move forward on this nomination" until the Justice Department complies with the order, Paul wrote to Reid, in a letter dated April 30. "The constitutionality of this policy has been the subject of intense debate in our country since it's implementation... The disclosure of this document will not only clarify that debate it will also allow the Senate to gain critical insight into David Barron's judicial philosophy."



Thank you.

Damn it.

Rand does something awesome and so far in this thread we are discussing Jews and misinterpreting something Rand said from a year ago to take a dig at him. I mean, wtf?

TROLLS... look at their

TROLLS... look at their accounts. Eagle soars and the other one are the same person.


I can asure you I am NOT a troll.

Unlike Rand Paul, I am a man of principle and I put THIS country first.

And unlike Rand, I think there is more value to lives of our men and women in our military. I wouldn't send them over seas to die for Israel "no matter what".

And I wouldn't piss off all these other country's just because Israel wants us to.

I dont beleive that an attack on Israel is the same as an attack on the U.S.

Did you ever think that there just might be a good reason that there are so many country's that have a beef with Israel?

Lets talk about The USS Liberty!!!!!!!!

So yeah. Another Flip another flop.


This is why people supported ron paul. You didn't have to worry about him supporting something one day and something entirely different the next. We used to have a word for that.(lying, minipulating) Now we call it winning.


Rand is not opposed to technology and never suggested using predator drones with hellfire missiles in a residential area...

“If there is a killer on the loose in a neighborhood, I’m not against drones being used to search them.” He went on:

“Here’s the distinction — I have never argued against any technology being used against having an imminent threat an act of crime going on,” Paul said. “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a Drone kills him or a policeman kills him, but it’s different if they want to come fly over your hot tub, or your yard just because they want to do surveillance on everyone, and they want to watch your activities.”

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So let me get this right

So long as drones are armed with rockets your fine with them?

like rand, i'm not against technology

i think drones are great and hope to have a protection drone for my house one day. also looking forward to the tacocopter and amazon drones delivering my goods faster and more efficiently.
i think guns are great too, are you anti gun as well? why or why not?
remember the old saying... drones don't kill people, people kill people.

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I figured you would be on

I figured you would be on this thread spreading your BS. I was right. So what is wrong with Rand's stance on this?


Barron must not be a Jew

That's just dumb.

That's just dumb.

That's a

nasty comment.


Why do you think it's nasty?

you really that dumb?

you really that dumb?


The truth hurts.....