Sen. Rand Paul has lit a fuse, one that threatens to blow up President Obama’s secret drone program. The Kentucky Republican on Wednesday held a nearly 13-hour filibuster opposing John O. Brennan’s nomination as CIA director. Full story
Hugh Pickens writes “The Washington Post reports that at about 11:45 am today, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul took the floor of the Senate to launch one of the chamber’s rarest spectacles: a genuine filibuster. Paul says he is ‘alarmed’ at the lack of definition over who can be targeted by drone strikes. He called Attorney ...
The pilot of an Alitalia flight said he saw something that he described as “a drone” about four to five miles southeast of the airport Monday afternoon. Full story
The Pakistani military issued a statement criticizing claims by American officials that Pakistan had used the C.I.A. drone program as cover for its own operations in the tribal belt. Full story
Whatever Republican Sen. Rand Paul tried to accomplish this week with his 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA, it had no immediate impact on President Barack Obama’s controversial drone war. And the overall effect of the tea party-aligned Kentucky lawmaker’s audacious protest is still an open question. Opinions vary widely on ...
Attorney General Eric Holder is not entirely ruling out a scenario under which a drone strike would be ordered against Americans on U.S. soil, but says it has never been done previously and he could only see it being considered in an extraordinary ci… Full story
It’s frustrating to see how muddled the debate over drones has become. The problem isn’t the tool; the problem is how we are using it. Full story
Pledging to speak “until I can no longer speak,” Kentucky Republican Rand Paul on Wednesday launched a Senate floor filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be the next CIA director. Full story
The pilot of an Alitalia jet reported spotting what he described as a drone on Monday afternoon, as he approached New York’s JFK airport for landing. Per his report, the unidentified aircraft was 1,500 feet above the ground, about four miles west of the airport, putting it above Brooklyn. Full story
Washington — The Senate confirmed John Brennan to be CIA director Thursday after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans blocking the nomination and stated explicitly there are limits on the president’s power to use drones against U.S. terror suspects on American soil. Full story