Rand Paul To Grab Spotlight Again With Another Filibuster On DronesSubmitted by Alliance With None on Sun, 05/18/2014 - 20:11
Massimo Calabresi @calabresim May 16, 2014
The Republican senator will aim to draw attention to President Obama's drone policy during debate over the nomination of a former Justice Department official to the federal bench, following up his 13-hour filibuster in 2013 to try to block John Brennan from going to the CIA
Rand Paul returns to the national stage next week to reprise his most famous performance, filibustering a presidential nominee in a fight over the extrajudicial killing of American terrorists.
Paul announced Thursday evening that he would filibuster the nomination of Harvard professor David Barron, to serve on one of the nation’s most powerful courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, because Barron authored the legal justification for drone strikes against Americans as a Justice Department official in President Obama’s first term.
"I’ve read David Barron’s memos concerning the legal justification for killing an American citizen overseas without a trial or legal representation, and I am not satisfied. While the President forbids me from discussing what is in the memos, I can tell you what is not in the memos.
'There is no valid legal precedent to justify the killing of an American citizen not engaged in combat. In fact, one can surmise as much because the legal question at hand has never been adjudicated. Therefore, I shall not only oppose the nomination of David Barron, but will filibuster."