Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., helped relieve Sen. Rand Paul (in photo), R-Ky., during his nearly 13-hour filibuster this week against John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director. The senators were challenging whether the United States could conduct drone strikes against U.S. citizens on American soil (which isn’t happening). Moran pondered how far such a policy might extend. “Most Americans would find it repulsive, unconstitutional, a terrible violation of public duty if a military officer on the streets of Wichita, Kan., pulled a gun and shot an American citizen,” Moran said on the Senate floor. “And, really, is that not the logical extension of the idea that a drone strike from above results in the death of a U.S. citizen without due process?” Others weren’t impressed by the filibuster. A Wall Street Journal editorial said that if Paul “wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.” UPDATE: Attorney General Eric Holder sent Paul a letter Thursday assuring him that the president doesn’t have authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil. Paul said he was happy with the answer.
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