Senators delay Brennan CIA vote over drone memos
Sen. Rand Paul weighs in
- Duration 4:31
- Date Feb 14, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul weighs in
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Affected -- today and confirming John -- to be CIA director will not -- that's because.
My next guest says he he's the answer to one question.
That's senator Republican Rand Paul from Kentucky senator good morning to you welcome back good morning it's -- what's the question.
I'd like to know if President Obama claims or says are asserts that he has the power.
To kill an American on American soil with a -- And I would think the answer should be pretty easy should be a very short answer should be no.
I can't imagine the president would assert the power to kill an American on American soil but John Brennan was asked this question in his confirmation hearing that senator Wyden.
Any refused to answer -- he's also been asked this question in writing and as of yet as of today we still have no answer.
I just can't imagine that President Obama is going to assert the power to kill an American without a trial without a judge.
On American soil.
That to me is very very troubling and really I can't let this nomination go forward until we get an answer -- my question for you senator is why could he not answer that.
-- -- that's pretty worrisome because either I non answer implies that he thinks he really does have that power.
And yet to realize that some of these drone killings were doing overseas don't target in individual that is name.
They have what's called a signature strikes if there's a line of cars coming from a place where we think bad guys live.
We knock out the line of cars sometimes do we really want that level of scrutiny to be for an American leaving a meeting of political radicals that are condemning something our government's doing.
And now let's say Houston Texas.
You know really that's not the kind of country we live in in our country we do want to punish bad people and if you wanna be a terrorist our country I do what you punished.
But I really want you to be guilty before we punish -- senator if he comes back to you and says yes we do have that authority.
I think that's blatantly unconstitutional.
Blatantly -- the Fifth Amendment and will fight tooth and nail to stop him from being in.
In charge of any kind of drone killing project to -- seeking care -- beatings he and kill American citizens we know due process.
I think that is particularly scary -- senator Feinstein is not far from what you're saying now have you talked to her about this because she has objections over the same issue.
You know they're talking about some kind of judicial review.
I think it needs to be a real court not a fake court but -- real core with a real judge -- with a real jury.
Because you know we all want to punish bad people -- for punishing rapists and and murders I really want them punished same with terrorist.
But when you're in America how -- you get accused of a crime you get a chance to present here today in court.
We're not talking about people with a grenade launcher on their on their shoulder there's always been the ability to stop people who are in the process of committing violence.
But Brennan has also stated President Obama has stated.
That it has to be an immediate threat -- has to be an imminent threat but it doesn't have to be immediate.
And only a bunch of lawyers could say.
Did something that.
Is in and it really is the complete opposite -- -- really I'm a little bit worried about this it would appear then that you -- that you're a no vote on Brennan at the moment.
But you really can't you can't block him entirely.
And you you would like tiger just about every Republican right and probably some Democrats somebody like senator Feinstein.
I can get in the way and ultimately -- -- demand that it takes sixty votes for them to secure passage in confirmation.
But the bottom line is my point isn't even really about brand and my point is about.
What is president Obama's policy does he believe he has the power to kill an American.
On American soil with no trial.
That to me is so offensive that everybody in America should know that that's -- president's position.
If he won't answer the question that is the president's position simply pass him.
And -- in America needs to know that President Obama is asserting the authority to kill an American.
On American soil without a trial or they need to answer the question simply know they don't have that power that they need to answer it.
Rand Paul thank you for your time -- senator from Kentucky clearly with objections over this.
Well we'll see whether or not you get the right answers your looking for for our viewers at home.
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