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North lawn had tax.
More Democrats are pressing the president for a full unclassified.
Release of information about his drone policy.
Members of the congressional progressive caucus right quote.
The executive branches claim of authority to deprive citizens of life.
And to do so without explaining the legal basis for doing so sets a dangerous precedent.
Let's talk about where we are on the war on terror in general and the administration's controversial drone policy in particular democratic strategist Joseph Trippi joins us from Austin, Texas.
And Republican strategist Karl Rove.
Is in New York gentlemen thanks for being here Joseph first to you after the back and forth we saw with Rand Paul and his filibuster and the administration's response what do you think this stands and -- -- it going political.
Well politically I mean look the American people by and large -- for the drone program in 56%.
The country's favors it 68% of Republicans -- -- 58% of Democrats independents are split -- the only ones that are split 5050.
On the drone program itself going after enemy combatants on foreign soil.
We're the big issue is in where there's about plurality of Americans.
Have questions about using drones against American citizens even on foreign soil let alone.
On American -- -- think Rand Paul scored a lot of points.
With his -- his filibuster -- got the Obama administration.
To clarify its position and say that it would not use them unless there was imminent threat on American soil against American citizens.
But the issue here is where is the Republican establishment going to be already both McCain in Lindsey Graham have come out pushing against Rand Paul on the filibuster.
And in another sense what's happened I think.
Is because Rand Paul did what he did it's actually positioned Obama a little bit as a hoc.
Route respectfully disagree it.
It makes the administration looking competent.
Most people are not focused on the fact that Rand -- probably the only Republican member of the senate.
Who opposes the president's use of drones -- their lot of Democrats who oppose the president's use of drones abroad to kill Americans.
Without some kind of due process.
What they look at is what this controversy was about which was.
Rand Paul sent a letter to John -- and asking the attorney general whether or not the quote the president has depart authorized lethal force -- is a drone strike against a US is some US soil.
And without trial and the letter that would -- march 4 by.
The attorney general is full Bob thought you know just completely confusing.
We're such an -- your -- have examine the particular facts and circumstances before advising the president on the scope of his authority.
That we have a hearing which holders brought up before the senate Ted Cruz of Texas says two of you got it.
Suspected American terrorists what terrorist ties sit and have a cup of coffee in -- Cafe can you take him out with a drone and there's a terrible answer from from -- holder thereby prompting.
This filibuster in and then and then follow in the filibuster.
The attorney general on March 7 sense they -- since a two sentence letter saying.
You asked this question.
The answer to that question is no so that this was boggled by attorney general holder -- -- right which is the president has no authority.
Absent an imminent threat to deploy military force on US soil.
This would have been -- nothing burger but instead the incompetence of the attorney general.
Makes the president look weak and we easily particularly among his own based the -- had -- I was gonna say I agree with Karl on it this should have been a nothing -- murder there that they're really.
If holder and he answered this question right the first time we've been there we would have had a filibuster that would have been no reason to do with.
-- -- a national security issue quickly Suleiman Abu Ghaith the -- long some bin Laden not.
Brought to get -- instead being tried in New York City Karl there's an -- here on Capitol Hill.
-- -- -- Yes there should be -- full this is in violation of a bipartisan move in congress.
Which told administration they could not -- crippling gitmo to the United States to be tried.
It's clearly violating the spirit of that second of all we took us Osama bin Laden's son in law and ninety minutes after he came into US custody in Jordan.
He was read his Miranda rights and -- -- a reminder right remained silent.
And it counts would be provided for -- he should have been taken to get smoke.
Put into the normal process there we should run every bit of information we can about his associates about plots about information connections ties.
And to end and we would be better off in the war on terror as a result.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Civilian trials of suspected terrorists 67 of which you were caught in foreign soil.
Those all 500 being convicted in in gitmo we've had seven trial seven.
Convictions two of which have been overturn all since nine elevenths so.
That there's the civilian court system has worked.
On on this this'll be the highest level al-Qaeda operative to ever been tried in civil court.
And I I and I think to the other thing we don't know is -- -- three countries involved in this Serena and Turkey.
And and Jordan and either Turkey that did not want to given to us directly.
Or Jordan could -- stipulated they'll do their part still below -- -- -- Jordan or Jordan won't work with US officials to get him here.
But not if we're taking him to -- we don't know the answer that question yet there are other things that could be going on here.
Did force the replied -- that they've -- -- important for this to happen this way its third week.
I think it's not a bad thing.
For the world to see.
This guy try to look he looks defeated all the reports out -- out of that courtroom is a guy who's not.
Sitting there on -- unit unit you know on its high court's.
He looks defeated I think it's it's good for the rest the world see our system worked this way.
Finalists -- running -- throughout a lot of numbers there but let me give me two numbers this is the amount of information we've got in the civilian trials in the united states of suspected -- is zero we've gotten an infinite amount of intelligence from the people -- -- gitmo.
We've lost a valuable opportunity to do -- to strike further at the heart of al-Qaeda.
-- great -- every bit of intelligence that we came from Osama bin Laden's -- -- and Carl as always thank you and we should point out Joseph you're in Austin.
-- I'm in Austin and Carl Bob you have -- friends down here but.
Very big they showed me where you're white Ford is I've got it the -- literature you tell you got a right here though.
Joseph I -- look I hope -- join my pool house but we please turn the heater off and efficient I mean.
Hi guys I see -- next Brent will do.
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