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Rand Paul Filibusters CIA Nominee



Republicans in Congress are finally taking their first tentative steps toward resisting the neo-fascist onslaught of the administration of Barack Obama.

Leading the way? U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who this week filibustered Obama’s nomination of John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Paul’s beef? A memo from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking to justify the right of the federal government to target drone strikes against Americans on American soil.

“That Americans could be killed in a café in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is an abomination,” Paul said. “It is something that should not and cannot be tolerated in our country. I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle.”

Supporting Paul? U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon.

U.S. drone strikes have killed an estimated 4,700 people worldwide … not all of them bad . At least that’s according to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.), the first elected official to attach a body count to the controversial program.

“Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that,” Graham said. “But we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of Al-Qaeda.”

Paul – who at one point read from Alice in Wonderland during his filibuster – beat back an effort by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to sit him down so the chamber could vote on Brennan’s nomination.

The first-term Senator – one of the few genuine free market conservatives in Washington, D.C. – has vowed to hold up Brennan’s nomination “until I can no longer speak.”

UPDATE: Paul ended his filibuster at 12:40 a.m. – 12 hours and 52 minutes after he began.