Paul questions U.S. drone strikes during 13 hour filibuster

Paul questions U.S. drone strikes during 13 hour filibuster

Paul questions U.S. drone strikes during 13 hour filibuster

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 9:35 AM

(WHAS11) -- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul finally stopped talking around 1 a.m. Thursday after nearly 13 hours trying to delay confirmation of a nominee for CIA Director on the Senate floor.

He took only one bathroom break, after 11 hours, during the filibuster. Senator Paul also grabbed a snack while leading the one man crusade which started at 11:47 Wednesday morning.

The senator went after CIA Director nominee, John Brennan, who was a builder of the drone program under President George Bush. Paul said he's not convinced about Brennan’s view on drone strikes against US citizens on American soil.

"Here's a guy who the president promotes as being transparent and wanting to give a lot of information to the American people, he won't respond to a U.S. Senator. He finally responded only when his nomination was threatened," Paul said.

Paul called out President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, asking them to rule out any possibility of using killer drones against American citizens in the U.S.

So did his epic filibuster work? There are thousands of tweets under #StandWithRand on this issue.

To be exact, his speech lasted 12 hours and 52 minutes.

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