Drone Wars

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES RAND MAKES A STAND: With a thin blanket of snow covering the capitol, the federal government shut down and John Brennan poised to be confirmed as CIA Director, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has more than a little bit of… Full story

Cruz, Paul introduce bill to prohibit drone killings of U.S. citizens

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) today introduced legislation to prohibit drone killings of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil if they do not represent an imminent threat. Full story

Holder: No drone strikes on American citizens ‘not engaged in combat’

Attorney General Eric Holder has responded to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s question about whether the federal government can legally use a drone strike against an American citizen on U.S. soil if the person is “not engaged in combat”: Earlier this week, Holder wrote in a letter to Paul that the president has the authority to ...

Where Rand Paul and John Brennan can agree on US drone program

Sen. Rand Paul’s epic 13-hour speech-turned-filibuster on the Senate floor yesterday raised serious – and valid – concerns about the US drone program. Mr. Paul’s remarks delayed the vote to confirm John Brennan as CIA director, but as it turns out, Mr. Brennan also values transparency and accountability. Though he is known as the architect ...

Attorney general clarifies policy on drone attacks on U.S. soil

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that President Barack Obama would not have the authority to order a drone to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil who was Full story

After drone answers, Paul drops objections to Brennan nomination

WASHINGTON — A day after launching an unusual talking filibuster, Sen. Rand Paul quickly dropped his objection to a Senate vote on John Brennan’s nomination to lead the CIA after Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. satisfied his concerns that the president doesn’t have authority to order a lethal drone strike on U.S. soil outside ...

Jon Stewart commends Rand Paul: Drone filibuster 'worth' fuss

Even liberal-leaning Daily Show host Jon Stewart gave Sen. Rand Paul praise for filibustering in a quest for answers on drones. “Drone oversight is one [issue] certainly worth kicking up a fuss for,” the comic said on his Wednesday evening broadcast. Mr. Stewart also commended the Kentucky Republican for his … Full story

Obama Faces Bipartisan Pressure on Drone Big Brother Fear

The struggle between President Barack Obama and Congress over the administration’s secretive drone program has focused growing bipartisan concern on the reach of government power both at home and abroad. Full story

Why a drone can hover over your home, and you can’t stop it

Lost in the controversy over the federal government’s use of military drones is an issue that hits home: commercial drones that can videotape you in your backyard. Full story

State Sen. Robert Hedlund makes push for drone bill

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director over the Obama administration’s use of drones to target American terror suspects gave state Sen. Robert Hedlund an opening on Thursday to trumpet his own drone concerns.  Full story