Yes, you read the title of this article correctly. When I first heard about this, I thought I was reading something from The Onion. It couldn’t be true, could it? The man who staged a 13 hour filibuster because he said he felt the Obama administration was too vague in it’s language on whether or not they would authorize the usage of drones to kill Americans on American soil, now says he would support using drones to kill Americans on American soil.
I’ll repeat that one more time…
Yesterday, Rand Paul made comments where he supported using drones to kill Americans on American soil—without trial.
You really just can’t make this stuff up. Trust me, I’ve tried. If I was going to write a satire piece, “Rand Paul Endorses Drone Manufacturer” might be something I could write, but never “Rand Paul Endorses Killing Americans on American Soil.”
Just when I think these people can’t get any more ridiculous, they prove me wrong.
Let’s look at Paul’s comments just before his 13 hour spectacle of a filibuster where he attacked the Obama administrations comments about the usage of drones on American soil:
“The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening — it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
Those are words directly from Rand Paul’s own website.
Now let’s take a look at his comments yesterday regarding the usage of drones on American soil against Americans:
“Here’s the distinction: I have never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an act of crime going on. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”
Paul supporters, you can spin those comments any which way you want, but what he just advocated was using drones to kill an American on American soil without trial.
It’s a complete contradiction from his 13 hour filibuster he staged just over a month ago. After relentlessly attacking the Obama administration for their possible usage of drones on American soil, this hypocrite comes out and endorses their use.
In fact, he used one of the very same arguments I have used—drones are controlled by people. They’re not artificial intelligence operating outside the bounds of human control. How is it any different if a police officer uses a gun to shoot and kill an armed suspect or a specialized drone to do the same thing? Either way, the armed suspect is dead.
Then again, I have never made a spectacle of Congress for 13 hours to condemn the use of drones on American soil only to endorse using drones on American soil one month later.
But thank you Senator Paul, with your 13 hour filibuster and subsequent contradiction of that filibuster yesterday, you’ve given me yet another fantastic example of right-wing hypocrisy.
Who needs The Onion when we can just use real life Republican nonsense.
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