Citing drone policy, Paul filibusters CIA pick Brennan

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. Brennan still could be confirmed as early as this afternoon, as Paul is speaking at lengt … Full story

Bill requiring drone warrants in Arizona gutted

PHOENIX — Police in Arizona remain free to use drones — assuming they have them — to spy on people. Full story

Senators Question Holder Over U.S. Drone Program

Attorney General Eric Holder went to Capitol Hill today to answer questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on everything from guns to Wall Street prosecutions, among other topics. One prominent issue transcended partisan divides: senators’ demand for more information about the U.S. use of drones in a targeted killing program for terrorists. Full story

Pilot spots drone near New York airport

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) — Federal aviation officials say they are looking into a report a drone aircraft was spotted by a commercial pilot who was landing at a New York City airport. Full story

Rand Paul Gets His Answer on Drones: 'No'

Attorney General Eric Holder has answered Sen. Ran Paul’s question of whether the government can use a drone to kill an American citizen on American soil if that person is not engaged in combat: “The answer is no.” Holder gave the answer in a letter to Paul, which White House spokesman Jay Carney read out ...

U.S. drone strikes on citizens hotly debated

There was a heated debate in the Senate on Wednesday over when and where the president can order the killing of U.S. citizens designated as enemy combatants. Full story

Pilot Reports Drone Flew Close to Jetliner Near J.F.K.

An Alitalia pilot arriving from Rome on Monday afternoon told air traffic controllers that he had spotted a small unmanned craft as he approached John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said. The sighting is being investigated. Full story

The Wall Street Journal Slams Rand Paul's 'Drone Rant' With A Brutal Editorial: 'Calm Down, Senator'

The Journal blasted Paul for not understanding the laws of war, writing that Paul’s reasoning for questioning the U.S.’s policies on drone strikes did not match his “showmanship.” Full story

Pilot reports mystery black ‘drone’ at JFK

The pilot of a commercial jetliner spotted a drone aircraft hovering near his plane as he landed at JFK Airport yesterday, according to sources. The Joint Terror Task Force is now probing the sighting of the mysterious flying object, the sources said. The Alitalia pilot spotted the unmanned craft — described… Full story

Defense Dept. Directed To Disclose Domestic Drone Use

An anonymous reader writes “The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to make the Pentagon disclose whether military drones are being used in U.S. airspace to spy on U.S. citizens. This follows Rand Paul’s filibuster on the floor of the Senate in which he demanded answers from the Obama administration as to whether drone strikes ...