Sen. Rand Paul’s Epic Filibuster: 12 Hours, 52 Minutes

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Senator Rand Paul filibustered the nomination of John Brennan for CIA Director over the president’s unclear position on whether or not he had the power to assassinate American citizens without due process rights.

Senator Paul was joined by McConnell, Lee, Cruz, Thune, Gohmert, Moran, Wyden, Toomey, Barrasso, Scott, Chambliss,  Cornyn,  Rubio, many others. His filibuster lasted an impressive 12 hours and 52 minutes.

The Washington Times reported:

“I will speak today until the president responds and says, ‘No, we won’t kill Americans in cafes. No, we won’t kill you at home at night,’” Mr. Paul said early on in the filibuster, which began at 11:47 a.m. and by early afternoon showed no signs of slowing down.

This old-fashioned filibuster hinges on taking advantage of Senate floor rules that permit a member to speak indefinitely on a subject. Past Senate members have famously read the Bible or other lengthy tomes in order to sustain such a filibuster. Senator Paul today memorably reads a passage from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”


On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder released legal memos arguing that the White House had the authority to use drone strikes over U.S. soil to kill Americans suspected of terrorism without due process. Senator Paul immediately responded by posting a news release on his website quoting him as saying:

“The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening – it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”

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