Kentucky senator opposes court appointment of lawyer who supports drone assassination of Americans
Yesterday Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) protested the nomination of David Barron, who President Obama picked for a lifetime appointment to a U.S. federal appeals court, because Barron previously wrote legal memos intended to justify the assassination of Americans abroad using drones.
“There is no legal precedent for killing American citizens not directly involved in combat and … 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,” Paul said on the Senate floor.
Unfortunately Sen. Paul was only able to speak against Barron’s appointment for 30 minutes.
“They’ve killed the filibuster,” Paul said of Senate Democrats. “There’s no real great sort of aim to draw attention to something that there is no possibility of even delaying.”
“So, really this would require courage on the part of some Democrats, and I don’t think they’re evaluating this as if it were a Bush nominee. I think they’re evaluating it from a partisan point of view.”