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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Senator Durbin responds negatively to Rand Paul

America, right now, the Democrats will not agree that the President does not have the right to kill you from above with a robot. Remember this.
-- Emily Zanotti Skyles, March 6 2013 7:27 PM

Even non-bindingly! Rand Paul just desired a non-binding resolution, a unanimous one, from all Republicans and Democrats and the best that US Senator Durbin could come up with was an invitation to a hearing on drones on an unscheduled future date.

That resolution was in fact blocked, making it quite implicit that the Democrats were more comfortable allowing the President the right to kill you from above with a robot than the alternative.

The Washington Examiner summarizes as such:
Sen. Rand Paul just offered to end his filibuster and allow a vote on CIA nominee John Brennan if he could get a vote tomorrow on a non-binding resolution regarding drone killing of US citizens on US soil. But Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin objected to allowing a vote on the resolution. So Paul resumed speaking.

Paul's resolution said it was the sense of the Senate that "the use of drones to execute or target American citizens on American soil who pose no imminent threat clearly violates Constitutional rights" of due process.

Throughout his first six hours, Sen. Paul painted a dire picture of what a President could do with the power to kill by drone non-combatant US citizens who have never been charged or given a chance to defend themselves. "I don't want the President deciding whether or not I'm guilty," Paul said.
Dick Durbin had his chance to end this with some sort of act of conviction and failed. Dickless

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