A Conversation With John Thune About Drone Filibuster
February 12th and 13th, NewsCenter1 aired an exclusive investigative report on the controversy surrounding U.S. drone policy and the threat critics say drone technology poses to Constitutional rights to privacy, and judicial due process. You can watch that documentary, "The Great Drone Debate," by clicking the link below.
Wednesday, U.S. Senator John Thune joined Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul, in a 13-hour filibuster of President Barack Obama's C.I.A. Director nominee, John Brennan, the man known as America's 'Drone Czar.' The filibuster was meant as a protest to raise awareness about what critics see as an existential threat to Constitutional freedoms, and to force the Obama White House to issue a definitive policy position on whether the Executive Branch can legally order the death of an American citizen on U.S. soil, without observing habeas corpus rights of due process, jury trial, and questioning of accusers. During his portion of testimony during the filibuster, Senator Thune demanded the White House respond to three key questions surrounding drone policy and reaffirm a stance that would be in keeping with liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
NewsCenter1's Shad Olson spoke to Senator Thune by phone about the Senator's role, supporting Rand Paul's filibuster in demanding answers from the Obama White House about legalities and limitations of executive authority in using lethal force and drone technology against U.S. citizens.