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That that is.
That brings the conversation.
From a serious discussion about US policy.
To the realm of the ridiculous.
This idea that we're gonna use -- -- attack in American citizen in a cafe in America is ridiculous.
This -- most Americans agree with senator Rand Paul's elevation of one of the most fundamental of our civil liberties.
And his filibuster and support.
Of those liberties tonight the senator finds his national standing elevated as well.
Joining us now is senator Rand Paul Republican of Kentucky a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Senator the senators also on the homeland security committee.
Great to have you with -- done a great service you've been impressed everyone with your stamina -- -- -- critically important point.
How are you feeling after putting on all of those hours on the floor of the -- While I was wondering if we do this interview sitting down but your staff wouldn't let me sit down I'm still standing -- That's a hard part about the filibusters -- goes on -- there for thirteen hours but if you sit down you lose the floor.
Or if you have to lead to take care of any personal needs you lose the -- set for twelve hours or almost thirteen hours.
I just stay in one place well yeah and and to use the expression you blew -- Twitter last -- social media.
Focusing on what you were doing.
Doing so and by the way not simply focusing on you as a celebrity although your celebrity has been significantly.
Elevator as a result of what you and your.
Your colleagues did on the floor of the senate I have -- -- senator are -- impressed with what you said.
What you did that the fact that you brought so many of your colleagues forward.
That filibuster standing on that principle you've got to be incredibly gratified as a result.
Those kind of -- Hiding and he says Q1 we didn't know we're going to do the filibuster we didn't talk to anybody before hand.
The opportunity presented it we knew we were concerned about this issue of drones.
Whether American and American president could kill Americans on American soil without any kind trial without any kind charges.
-- we really really hadn't planned exactly when this would happen.
And then all of a sudden spontaneously through the day other senators begin to come and one of the other gratifying things was many members of the House of Representatives came over.
They're allowed to come onto our floor they're not allowed to speak.
But it's rare that you'll see fifteen members of the House of Representatives coming over to support a fight this going on in the senate floor.
You and senator crews today introducing legislation specifically.
-- prohibit the use of drones in killing -- this is extraordinary that we after you have legislation and clarification on an issue.
I'd choose to absolutely prohibit the killing.
Of American citizens on American soil -- these drones.
It's just incredible as we say that is that this issue had to be dealt with in this fashion.
-- a lot of this is because the president would make a response unit we kept asking for the last month and a half of ask President Obama to respond and say.
You're drone program that you do overseas.
Are you planning on use and that on American soil.
Because they've been saying -- all we kind of incorporate the Fifth Amendment process.
Into our PowerPoint presentations in a White House and our flash cards and I say well you know that standard may -- may not be okay overseas but you can't accuse and Americans secretly.
And then -- them -- a restaurant and finally today we did get an answer we probably got a response the president he says.
He doesn't think he has the authority do that and I think we should all feel comforted.
Although a little disappointed that it took nearly a month and a half to get the answer -- -- you also prompted the most fixing to answer I've ever heard in his entire tenure as attorney general.
Eric Holder ever are used holder in his letter saying it is coming to my attention.
That that I wanna share this rather audience it has come to my attention that you have now passed an additional question.
Does the president have the authority to use a -- -- drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil the answer that question is.
-- more we had the effect.
It wasn't really an additional questions is a sharpened up question we get bask in the same question and focusing it of focusing and focusing it.
And people would say -- why would you have to Matt asked the president that what would you ever imagine he would do this.
One because the drone strikes overseas -- occur on people who are not actively engaged in combat.
And then the other reason we we have to -- even some on my side some Republican senators.
Believe that the there is no limitation to where the battlefield is -- that America is actually part of the battlefield.
But they want -- long wars to -- which means.
You know in war you don't get due process -- our soldiers are shooting you don't have to get a lawyer you kill the enemy but in America.
Part of America's not the battlefield you do get a lawyer and you do get due process severe America -- I want to turn -- -- to two -- of the senior senators the senators in the Republican Party.
And neither of them being particularly gracious toward you in -- consulting is that could possibly be Senator McCain saying you call -- down.
Senator Graham saying much of mature -- aren't saying was ridiculous.
And by the way as you were standing in the midst of the the senate.
They were having dinner with the present -- United States and ten others senators.
Who were conducting if you will.
There at there at the president's.
On the president's dime what is your reaction to their comments.
I think on this particular issue they're on the wrong side of the history.
If you if you're going to be dismissive of people who want to protect the right to trial by jury.
The right to due process the right to be indicted in charge.
You you really are you against the bill of rights and they literally have last year we pass legislation against my wishes.
That allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial and I asked Senator McCain a poignant question on the floor.
Does this mean you can send an American citizen to Guantanamo Bay without a trial and he said yes.
If they're dangerous.
Into the Wall Street -- -- wrong side of this issue and I think this understands it.
They say well of your enemy combatant the whole problem is is who gets to define who's an enemy combatant and who's not.
And really just senators.
-- until I may senator -- senators referring to an editorial.
That frankly it's created.
Much the same grounds as Graham and McCain.
And in nine.
I get just express my opinion on this.
Broadcast senators you know and I think they were -- -- say.
All on the wrong side of history and certainly issues that are most.
Critically important to the American.
The American people.
Senator -- we're out of time I've just got to say again thank you congratulations.
On winning the point today.
The principal and standing up for what you believe is right.
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