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Rand Paul Seems Okay With Killing Americans With Drones Now

#1NoName999Posted 4/24/2013 6:29:15 AM
Senator Rand Paul seems to have made a complete 180 on the controversial issue of the U.S. drone program. Specifically, the Kentucky Senator seems to be okay with using drones on U.S. soil to kill American citizens, so long as they are criminals.

Though Paul very recently engaged in an epic 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor in ideological protest of the Obama administration’s ambiguous authority to use drones on American soil, he seems to have changed his position in light of the Boston Marathon bombing.

During an interview with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network Monday, Paul argued that there is a difference between an American citizen “sitting in a café” and an at-large criminal suspect like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,” Paul said. “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”

Paul stressed that using drone technology against wanted criminals and suspected terrorists is different than arbitrarily using it against average American citizens.

“It’s different if they want to come fly over your hot tub or your yard just because they want to do surveillance on everyone and watch your activities,” he said. But, “if there’s killer on the loose in a neighborhood, I’m not against drones being used.”

These new comments from Rand Paul seem to be in direct opposition to those he used to open his Senate filibuster just last month.

“I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”

While I’d like to give Senator Paul the benefit of the doubt here, it’s kind of hard to imagine that he engaged in a marathon 13 hours just to protest the idea of drones being used to watch, target and/or kill just any U.S. citizen willy-nilly. It seemed as though his protest was against any and all U.S. citizens being targeted with drone technology, even those accused or suspected of criminal acts. You’d think if he meant “just innocent people,” he’d have mentioned it.

Anyway. Watch for yourself below, and let us know what you think. Did Rand Paul just pull a reversal on his perspective regarding the use of drone technology?


http://www.inquisitr.com/632487/rand-paul-seems-okay-with-killing-americans-with-drones-now-video/

LOL just a typical hypocritical neocon.
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#2yXvScootalooQwzPosted 4/24/2013 6:39:30 AM
I guess TC hasn't heard of the recent events in Boston that would change anyone's mind, derp.
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#3NoName999(Topic Creator)Posted 4/24/2013 6:42:03 AM
I guess the TC knows that we shouldn't compromise our morals and our laws in the name of safety because doing so means the terrorists win derp
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#4Sniper_BrosefPosted 4/24/2013 6:57:04 AM
NoName999 posted...
I guess the TC knows that we shouldn't compromise our morals and our laws in the name of safety because doing so means the terrorists win derp


Haven't you been doing this, in regards to gun control, since Sandy Hook?
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#5NoName999(Topic Creator)Posted 4/24/2013 7:00:51 AM
^No, you assuming guy.

And even then, I'm not a politician who tried to make a name for himself by having a crusade against bombing Americans
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#6Jayjs20Posted 4/24/2013 7:46:34 AM
“I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”

But now, apparently, walking out of a liquor store with 50 dollars is enough to warrant death from above.
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#7sfcalimariPosted 4/24/2013 7:48:03 AM
Sheltered libertarian-lite white guys are racist, big shocker there.
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#8y2jay15944_GFPosted 4/24/2013 8:07:10 AM
“ I've never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,”

I don't see how he flipped flop. He went from saying 'I don't want people to be killed by drones when they're not active threats' to saying 'This dude JUST bombed people and could possibly bomb more, making him an imminent threat, therefore its different than a citizen not engaged in combat, which is what I was filibustering against'.

Silly libderps trying to make sensational stories where there are none.
#9LuigisBroPosted 4/24/2013 8:09:03 AM
like father like son
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#10peach freakPosted 4/24/2013 8:12:05 AM(edited)
So with Rand Paul out of the picture, which Republican will be the next savior for the GOP? Since the election we've cycled through Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, and just about anyone who says "We can't rely on old white guys anymore, we need to do better with Hispanics"
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