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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Bryan Preston versus Rand Paul

I infer that PajamasMedia's Bryan Preston desires that the American President should have greater flexibility in the use of drones as weapons against actual terrorist incursion, or worse, the conversion of Americans into Anti-American terrorists.
Paul began the filibuster at 11:47 am this morning to delay a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA, until he could get answers from the Obama administration on drone use against US citizens on US soil who may be in league with al Qaeda or other terrorist groups. Holder told Sen. Paul in a letter on March 4 that he could envision scenarios in which a drone killing might be justified, but rejected Paul’s questions as “hypothetical” and “unlikely.”
The fact is, the use of drones against Americans on US soil has already happened. That case did not involve the federal government and no one was killed. It involved a local dispute that began over milk. It’s only a matter of time before the federal government finds itself dealing with a US citizen terrorist operating on US soil. Hizballah already operates in the Texas-Mexico border region. It’s a virtual certainty that they will recruit Americans to stage some attack, if they have not done so already.
Beyond that, though, the current government has squandered any trust it may have had on the question of handling the rights of US citizens. The Obama Department of Homeland Security issued a report in 2009 in which it cast returning veterans and “anti-government” activists as potential terrorists. Though Obama approved the drone killing of Anwar al-Awlaki overseas despite the fact that he was a US citizen, it is currently treating the terrorist attack on Ft. Hood, Texas as “workplace violence” for purely political reasons. Awlaki is known to have exhorted the terrorist who carried out that attack.
But beyond that, Sen. Paul has done himself no favors by lamenting the global nature of the global war on terrorism. That clumsy name reflects a fact: Al Qaeda chose to make the war global when it attacked Americans on September 11, 2001 in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania. Our government has not patched up the holes in our immigration system that facilitated that attack. The global war on terrorism has been fought on American soil for more than a dozen years, and not by any US administration’s choice.
Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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