“If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”
If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash, they are not legitimate targets for assassination, by drones or policemen. We’re supposed to do this thing called arresting them and bringing them to trial.
From this clip, it sounds like Paul cares only about surveillance. Drone strikes to kill any criminal suspect, however minor, don’t appear to faze him at all.
There are those who thought the idea of the government using drones to smite American citizen criminals in America was tinfoil hat stuff. Weeks later — just weeks! — we have had the Boston bombings, the manhunt for Tsarnaev, and John McCain and Lindsey Graham declaring him an enemy combatant. Do you think McCain or Graham would blink twice before ordering a drone attack on him if they could? And, now that our libertarian hero is giving such a tactic the thumbs up, even for a stick-em-up robbery suspect, who would stand up against them?
Help us, Ted Cruz. You’re our only hope.