Paul’s filibuster targets drones, hits hawks

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March 13, 2013
Orange County Register
by Conor Friedersdorf  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"When Rand Paul mounted his epic filibuster last week, he focused almost 13 hours of rhetoric on President Obama's targeted killing program. 'Can drones kill Americans on U.S. soil?' Sen. Paul asked. It was a worthy subject for an extended debate. But the filibuster was significant for another reason. Besides honing in on the specifics of targeted killing, his attention-grabbing speech served as a demonstration project for civil libertarians, who've struggled ever since the 9/11 terror attacks to protect the Constitution. Just think of all the questions it helped to answer. Could an ambitious Tea Party champion from the South make common cause with a progressive Oregon Democrat? Yes!" (03/12/13)  

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