Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.) hit back at fellow Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, saying the two “think the whole world is a battlefield” (video below), reports TheHill.com.
Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sens. McCain and Graham tore into Sen. Paul’s “ridiculous” 13-hour filibuster, chastising the junior senator for a speech that was “not helpful."
In response, Sen. Paul told Fox News: “They think the whole world is a battlefield, including America, and that the laws of war should apply. The laws of war don't involve due process, so when they ask you for an attorney you tell them to shut up. That's not my understanding of the way America works."
“I don't think the laws of war apply to America, I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it's a disservice to our soldiers that our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren't important."
Attorney General Eric Holder responded to Sen. Paul in a letter on Thursday that said the U.S. government does not have the authority to conduct a drone attack against a U.S. citizen in the U.S.
“Hooray, for 13 hours yesterday we asked them that question. And so there is a result and a victory,” Sen. Paul said. “Under duress and under public humiliation the White House will respond and do the right thing.”
“So now, after 13 hours of filibuster, we're proud to announce that the president is not going to kill unarmed Americans on American soil. My next question is why did it take so long, why is it so hard and why would a president so jealously guard power that they were afraid to say this, but I am glad and I think that the answer does answer my question.”