Rand Paul: I'll Filibuster Drone Memo Author
He vows to block Obama judicial nominee
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2014 1:26 AM CDT
Rand Paul address attendees during the Republican National Committee spring meeting last week.   (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)

(Newser) – Rand Paul has vowed to do his best to block another President Obama nominee over drone policy. The GOP senator from Kentucky says he plans to filibuster the nomination of David Barron to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals over Barron's authorship of at least two memos justifying drone strikes on American citizens without a trial, reports CNN. Paul says he has seen one of the memos and while he can't disclose its contents, he saw "no valid legal precedent to justify the killing of an American citizen not engaged in combat."

"I can't imagine appointing someone to the federal bench ... without fully understanding that person's views concerning the extrajudicial killing of American citizens," Paul writes in a New York Times op-ed. "But President Obama is seeking to do just that." In another protest against drone policy, Paul spoke for 13 hours last year in an old-style filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director. Some Democrats may also oppose Barron's nomination, reports the Hill, including Oregon's Sen. Ron Wyden, who has clamored for the Obama administration to release the memos justifying the strikes.

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Veritas
May 17, 2014 4:42 PM CDT
Better start calling him President Paul as he will be the next President of the United States
trailmix
May 16, 2014 10:26 PM CDT
2006 Bush had 2 drone strikes killed 1 militant and 93 Civilians. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_attacks_in_Pakistan
trailmix
May 16, 2014 10:03 PM CDT
OOOOOOooooopppppppppssssssssssss W. got the ball rolling The New York Times said another U.S. citizen, Kamal Derwish, had been killed by a drone strike in Yemen on Nov. 3, 2002, when George W. Bush was president. Derwish was a recruiter who put together an al-Qaeda sleeper cell in Lackawanna, N.Y., according to an Oct. 12, 2003, New York Times news story. The U.S. said he was not the intended target and did not acknowledge killing him, but a Yemeni official identified him as one of six men who died in the attack, the story said. I'm sure Rand Paul and Darell Issa, are going to be all over this.