Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rand Paul Sends Letter Threatening to Block Brennan

Senator Rand Paul has sent a letter threatening to use all means at his disposal to block Brennan from becoming CIA Director.  To avoid this, all Brennan has to do is answer a simple question (h/t Right Turn):

Do you believe that the President has the authority to order lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without a trial?

I believe the only acceptable answer is no.

Until you directly and clearly answer, I plan to use every procedural option at my disposal to delay your confirmation and bring added scrutiny to this issue and the Administration's policies on the use of lethal force.

It's pretty clear what the answer really is, the answer is yes.  If FDR had the authority to lock up hundreds of thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent for no other reason than their ethnicity, could do so with an executive order without Congressional approval and could have that decree backed up by the Supreme Court multiple times, it's probably not lost on this administration what they can do.  They just don't want to say that it is something that they can do.  There really is nothing to stop the President from assuming dictatorial powers in a time of "war".  Well maybe one thing, an armed citizenry and we know how they feel about that.

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