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Dems block vote to denounce drone-killing of US citizens on US soil

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Sen. Rand Paul just offered to end his filibuster and allow a vote on CIA nominee John Brennan if he could get a vote tomorrow on a non-binding resolution regarding drone killing of US citizens on US soil. But Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin objected to allowing a vote on the resolution. So Paul resumed speaking.

Paul's resolution said it was the sense of the Senate that "the use of drones to execute or target American citizens on American soil who pose no imminent threat clearly violates Constitutional rights" of due process.

Throughout his first six hours, Sen. Paul painted a dire picture of what a President could do with the power to kill by drone non-combatant US citizens who have never been charged or given a chance to defend themselves. "I don't want the President deciding whether or not I'm guilty," Paul said.

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