Senator Rand Paul said he will "speak until he can no longer speak" to oppose Obama's nomination of John Brennan to direct the CIA and the Obama Administration's claim that it can kill an American on U.S. soil without a trial in extraordinary circumstances. At the time of writing, he is still going. Paul is doing an old-fashioned filibuster, in which a senator does not allow business to go forward in Congress by literally not ceding the floor for as long as he physically can. While John Brennan may ulitmately be confirmed to head the CIA, Paul is going to make himself heard first.
"I cannot sit quietly and let [Obama] shred the Constitution."
The speech, which began around 11:50 a.m., has focused on violations of civil liberties under the Obama administration, and particularly Attorney General Eric Holder's claim that the President could "hypothetically" use military force against U.S. citizens on American soil.
“When I asked the president, can you kill an American on American soil, it should have been an easy answer. It’s an easy question. It should have been a resounding an unequivocal, ‘No," Paul said. "The president’s response? He hasn’t killed anyone yet. We’re supposed to be comforted by that."