Attorney General : “U.S. Drone policy DOES authorize the use of force against Americans.”
March 7, 2013 in Technology
Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder clarified to Paul in a letter that the U.S. drone policy does authorize the use of military force on against Americans on U.S. soil in cases of “extraordinary circumstance.”
Paul, a longstanding opponent of the administration’s controversial targeted killing policy, expressed his outrage in a statement following his receipt of the letter and continued that tirade on the floor today.
“That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in bowling green, Kentucky, is an abomination,” Paul said. “I object to people becoming so fearful they gradually give up their rights.”
“I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination simply for the person,” he said. “I rise today for the principle.”