Should Have Been an Easy Answer

Transcript of Rand Paul’s opening filibuster speech. (source… ABC News)

“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak. Until I can knows no longer speak now we’ll speak as long as it takes until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast.

That our constitution is important. That your rights to trial by jury are precious. That no American should be killed by a drone American soil without first being charged with a crime. Without first being found to be guilty by a court. That Americans could be killed. In a cafe in San Francisco. Or in a restaurant in Houston. Are at our home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Is an abomination. It is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country.

I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination. Simply for the person. I rise today for the principal. The principal is one and that as Americans we have fought long and hard for. And to give up on that principle to give up on the bill of rights to give up on the Fifth Amendment protection. It says that no person shall be held without due process that no person shall be held for a capital offense without being indicted. This is a precious American tradition. And something we should not give up on easily.

They say Lewis Carroll is fiction. Alice never fell down a rabbit hole and the white queens [] judgments. Are not really a threat to your security.

Or has America the beautiful become Alice’s wonderland?

No no said the queen. Sentence first. Verdict afterwards. Stuff and nonsense Alice said widely loudly the idea of having the sentence first.

Hold your tong said the queen turning purple. I won’t said Alice. Release the drones. Said the queen as she shouted at the top of her voice. Lewis Carroll is fiction right?

When I asked the president. Can you kill an American, on Americans soil will. It should have been an easy answer. It’s an easy question that should have — a resounding and unequivocal no.

The president’s response. He hasn’t killed anyone yet. We’re supposed to be comforted by that the president says I haven’t killed anyone yet. He goes on to say and I have no intention of killing Americans. But I might.

Is that enough. Are we satisfied by that always so complacent with our rights that we would allow — president does today. He might kill Americans. But he won’t judge the circumstances….”

 

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