If we were still playing by the old rules, this nominee would not be on his way to the First Circuit Appeals Court. But with the new rules by Harry Reid, it only takes 50 votes to advance a nominee. Much to my surprise, Ed Markey and Liz Warren voted in favor of Obama’s nominee to the First Circuit. This nominee wrote memos which supports the killing of U.S. citizens overseas who are suspected of being terrorists. Keep in mind, we are not talking about people on the battlefield.
Sen. Rand Paul took to the senate floor pleading for Democrats to help block this nominee. Only two, Landrieu and Manchin joined Sen. Paul by voting no. Sen Paul said “I rise today in opposition to killing American citizens without trials. I rise today to oppose the nomination of anyone who would argue that the President has the power to kill American citizens not involved in combat. I rise today to say that there is no legal precedent for killing American citizens not directly involved in combat and that any nominee who rubber stamps and grants such power to a President is not worthy of being placed one step away from the Supreme Court.”
Rand Paul went on to say the Bill of Rights is for those who are the most unpopular, even for suspected terrorists. He also cited the outrage Democrats had for President George W. Bush detaining terror suspects at GITMO. So let me get this straight, it’s bad to detain people without a trial (Bush bad), but its okay to kill that same person with a drone (Obama good).
Thank you Rand Paul for protecting the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution for ALL Americans and shame on those who voted for David Barron.