Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) issued a final letter to former Obama assassination czar and current nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan in which he questions the legality of using drone strikes inside the United States. Paul has inquired on two other occasions. You can read those here and here.
Paul’s letter to Brennan recounts the previous attempts to get him to answer questions that have been posed to him. So far, Paul has not received a response. All of his requests have been ignored.
“Your past actions in this regard, as well as your view of the limitations to which you are subject, are of critical importance in assessing your qualifications to lead the CIA,” Paul writes. “If it is not clear that you will honor the limits placed upon the Executive Branch by the Constitution, then the Senate should not confirm you to lead the CIA.”
He also called Brennan’s response to Senator and gun grabber Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) question about whether or not he carry out drone strikes inside the United States, as insufficient. Brennan had stated that the Obama Administration “has not carried out” such strikes and “has no intention of doing so.”
I find that highly insufficient as well, since it was Barack Obama, along with many members of Congress that want to see 30,000 drones in American airspace by 2020.
To clarify things Paul wrote, “The question that I and many others have asked is not whether the Administration has or intends to carry out drone strikes inside the United States, but whether it believes it has the authority to do so. This is an important distinction that should not be ignored.