Rand Paul Filibuster Aftermath – John McCain and the Wall Street Journal
country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul
wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political
stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college
dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.
— John McCain quotes the Wall Street Journal from a WSJ editorial
Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor Thursday
to excoriate Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster of CIA
director nominee John Brennan over the issue of whether the president
has the authority to use a drone strike to kill an American on U.S.
soil…. I don’t think that what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people McCain said after reading the editorial.
“We need a discussion, as I said, about exactly how we are going to
address this new form of almost interminable warfare, which is very
different from anything we ever faced in the past. But somehow to allege
the United States of America, our government, would drop a drone
hellfire missile on Jane Fonda, that brings the conversation from a
serious discussion about U.S. policy to the realm of the ridiculous.”
Paul’s filibuster Wednesday lasted nearly 13 hours, concluding just after midnight this morning.
The Business Insider quotes the Wall Street Journal.
From the Journal:Calm down, Senator. Mr. Holder is right,
even if he doesn’t explain the law very well. The U.S. government cannot
randomly target American citizens on U.S. soil or anywhere else. What
it can do under the laws of war is target an “enemy combatant” anywhere
at anytime, including on U.S. soil. This includes a U.S. citizen who is also an enemy combatant.
The President can designate such a combatant if he belongs to an
entity—a government, say, or a terrorist network like al Qaeda—that has
taken up arms against the United States as part of an internationally
recognized armed conflict. […]Such a
conflict exists between the U.S. and al Qaeda, so Mr. Holder is right
that the U.S. could have targeted (say) U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki had
he continued to live in Virginia. The U.S. killed him in Yemen before
he could kill more Americans. But under the law Awlaki was no different
than the Nazis who came ashore on Long Island in World War II, were
captured and executed.