It is a privilege to watch Senators like Rand Paul, Ron Wyden, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Jerry Moran stand up for the Constitutional rights of American citizens in the filibuster of CIA nominee John Brennan.
The fundamental question is: Does the President have the authority to use drone strikes on non-combative American citizens?
According to the 5th Amendment, the answer is no:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
To the paranoid hawk, the answer is yes because according to them war powers overrides the Bill of Rights. I have searched the Constitution for that provision and it is about as existent as little green aliens. Likewise, the chance that giving an American citizen due process will allow them to carry out a massive attack is about as likely a UFO landing on the White House lawn.
Nobody questions taking out imminent threats by any means possible. That is not the question.
The paranoid hawk also probably believes that by virtue of the executive admistration declaring you a terrorist, or just vaguely being a terrorist, that their citizenship is revoked immedietely as if by an act of God.
Let the Constitution, Article 3, Section3, once again rebut this argument:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
It has been over 10 years since 9-11. We have never needed domestic drone strikes on imminent threats, let alone non-imminent threats.
Conservatives must not concur with President Obama’s “if it saves one life” ideology. Because the destruction of civil liberties has often resulted in the mass murder of millions of people.
We, America, are better than that. The Republican party should become the party of civil liberties, if it is really going to be honest about being the party of the Constitution. We must reject George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Who cares if they called themselves conservative or liberal? They are statists, the King George’s of the 21st century.
Some feel patriotic by expanding the government. I feel patriotic by keeping it restrained.
While I do not believe it is true that the main goal of terrorists is to stop us from being free, if it were, all they would have to do is sit back and watch.