Rand Paul Filibusters Brennan Nomination

Sen. Paul's filibuster can be viewed live on CSpan 2. Senator Rand Paul is leading a one-man filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA.

Senator Paul is on the Senate floor quoting Hayek, Montesquieu, Glenn Greenwald and an author at liberal blog FireDogLake in his effort to prevent Brennan's nomination from going through. He says he will not stop until President Obama confirms that drones will not be used to target Americans on American soil.

Brennan's nomination has been on the back burner for several weeks as other issues, including the nomination of Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense, took precedence. Yesterday the logjam seemed to break when the White House agreed to show lawmakers the top-secret legal decisions used to justify the killing of American citizens abroad. The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 to approve Brennan's nomination on Tuesday.

"If there was an ounce of courage in this body I would be joined by many other Senators," Sen. Paul said. "Would you tolerate a Republican who said I like the first amendment, I don't plan to violate the first amendment, but I might," he asked rhetorically. He then turned the question around and asked if Republicans would tolerate that sort of vaguery with regard to the 2nd amendment.


Rand Paul Filibusters Brennan Confirmation


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