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Following Attorney General Eric Holder's controversial statement that allowed for the possibility of the President carrying out drone strikes on American citizens here in America, Sen. Rand Paul began asking questions. He asked if "the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial". I really wanted to hear the answer to that question myself.
"...the U.S. government has not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of doing so...we reject the use of military force...where well-established law enforcement authorities...provide the means...We have a long history of using the criminal justice system...The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no President will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States."
Sen. Paul didn't iike this answer, because it sounded suspiciously like a roundabout way of saying "yes, the President can carry out drone strikes against American citizens".
Next came Sen. Paul's 13-hour filibuster, which angered some of the old Republican guard, like Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. I'll get back to them in a moment.
The good news is, the filibuster worked. AG Holder penned a second letter to Sen. Paul, a very short letter. This is the entire body:
"It has come to my attention 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."
Hurrah !!! There's the answer we've been waiting for !!! The correct answer is NO !!! How hard was that ??? Eric Holder wins a stuffed Teddy Bear for getting it right on his third try.
Sen. Paul proclaimed, "Under duress and under public humiliation, the White House will respond and do the right thing."