Ted Cruz rips Eric Holder on constitutionality of domestic drone use

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During a recent DOJ Oversight Committee hearing, Senator Ted Cruz didn’t hold back when given the opportunity to question Attorney General Eric Holder about the constitutionality of domestic drone strikes on U.S. citizens — the very issue Sen. Rand Paul soon after held the floor for 13 hours in a filibuster over.

By the time the intense questioning was over one thing was clear: Holder didn’t look good.

TheBlaze.com reported:

Discussing Holder’s letter to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) saying the administration may consider a domestic drone strike on U.S. citizens, Cruz began by laying out a hypothetical scenario for the attorney general.

If a U.S. citizen whom the administration strongly believes to be a terrorist threat is sitting quietly at a cafe in the United States– not posing an imminent threat of death or bodily harm– does the Constitution allow a drone to kill that citizen?

“Ted Cruz took him apart yesterday,” Glenn described.

Watch the exchange here:

Glenn described the exchange as one of the most incredible things he’d ever seen, and later explained the reaction his family had upon watching the clip last night.

“I’m watching them and I’m watching their eyes and my wife keeps looking up at me like, “What?  Wait a minute.”  My daughter at one point just puts her hand over her mouth and gasps,” Glenn described. “Because it’s clear that Eric Holder will not say the president constitutionally does not have the right to be judge, jury and executioner.”

It wasn’t long after Cruz took Holder to task that Senator Rand Paul took a stand on the house floor and didn’t sit down for 13 long hours in one of the most memorable and important filibusters in United States history.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Good to see more Republicans are standing for what is right and for the Constitution and our rights and freedoms. Holder squealed and squirmed to try and keep from answering; its good to see him held to the fire.

    The usage of drones against US Citizens is blatantly unconstitutional, especially on US soil. 

    Of course the insane god-king of the Democrats cares nothing for the Constitution and for the law of the land; he will use the drones whenever and wherever he pleases, and as his madness grows beyond measure we will see him unleash an orgy of blood.

    • http://www.speakthewordnow.com Karen Rose

      Yes more will be standing up for the Constitution including Democrats…Because they are starting to see just what can happen to themselves, and their families as well…Right is right and wrong is wrong…and anyone with any common sense will see it.

  • Anonymous

    The House needs to vote to defund the manufacture of the drones.  The weapons manufacturers need to refuse to take on government contracts.  You’ll see Obama squirm for real then.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher

    They hate the Constitution. 

    • Anonymous

      They will never admit this but they prove the truth of what you just said every time they implement their bizarre policies.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

    What’s sad, from another point of view, is that it even has to come to this.

    Thank God for checks and balances. 

    • Anonymous

       Plus thanks to some people still not afraid to speak up  in Congress and in the News media by not being obama lap dog !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Checks and balances only work when people care about the rule of law, which is clear this president and all the people advising him DON’T.

      It starts with lables: terroists arent terroists, but criminals. Political oponents arent oponents, but criminals and all you need is a few drone strikes and you are a dictator and the citizens love you for it. Very sad day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tammy-Symons/1748382419 Tammy Symons

    Love people standing up! RAnd Paul and Cruz you go!

    • jen

      That legislation will be useless unless it states that even a though a citizen is suspected of terror plots, but at the time of killing is not an imminent threat.  meaning the gov’t may suspect that indiv or have a lot of evidence, but if that indiv is not at that moment engaging in combat, then htey cannot be killed.

      they need to include spy drones along w/ drones to kill.

      they also need to introduce legislation to bring back due process, that before killing, that person must have their day in court.  w/ no secret arrests and warrants and not be held definitively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.redman.940 Paul Redman

    Bash them all they want, its the Tea Party representatives- Cruz, Paul, and to a lesser extent Rubio- that are standing for what is in the best interests of the American people…ALL of us. 

    God Bless them All. 

    • jen

      Rubio’s politcal mentor/daddy is jeb bush, etc… – rubio is very much an estab insider.  This is when tea party loses – that is when it can’t tell who is a conservative versus a fake/estab.

      • http://www.facebook.com/paul.redman.940 Paul Redman

        Well, I would tend to agree with that remark. Rubio- though elected via Tea Party intentions…has been co-opted by the Republicans. This is solely for race relations, as Republicans are stupidly scrambling to “appeal to the hispanic vote”. 

        Jeb Bush is like Karl Rove, IMO. I wish that they would both…just…go away! 

        Let Freedom Ring! 

  • Anonymous

    I say some very good work by Rand Paul and  Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck and staff ,Rush and Foxnews . That obama and his U.S Attorney General try to slip this by with vague words to the citizens and congress that a President can have assassination lists of U.S citizens to be use in near future.with no oversight of congress,courts or citizens !! With White House letter to Foxnews today obama and his U.S attorney back pedal this sneaky plan use why because the outcry on this policy would wake up too many U.S citizens and obama zombies to expose the big picture of obama evil agenda of completely controlling U.S  citizens with no rights or freedoms and setting up a click of government elites royalty who act like God figure over every aspects of our lives!!! ,Can tell you when it’s your time to take a pill and die/ your expendable at their whim etc. So what did obama do he retract this component of killing U.S citizens by drones ,to come back to this component later for control  so it won’t wake up too many people to  the big picture of  his complete evil control agenda under a police state with no freedoms or rights of citizens,our constitution will be shredded and able to silence any political opposition by deadly force !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Speaking of drones obama wants to turn all U.S citizens into his zombies drones !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ginger

    Holder thought he could dance his way out of Cruz’s question and couldn’t and didn’t ///that is what we are dealing with America!!!!

    • Anonymous

      a trail balloon see if congress and citizens were sleeping with these vague words to get it pass them !!!,something like small print with a use car dealer or This stupid  statement of Nancy Pelosi  you need to vote on it  and pass  the bill before you find what in it ( buy a car or product without looking at it or examining it first ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope our congress will never be this stupid again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/luci.dmari Luci D’Mari

    Yes, there is hope. Praise The Lord. God bless these guys with guts.

  • Anonymous

    To me the subject of using of Lethal Force on non combative U.S citizens on U.S soil without a trail is NOT OVER ! !!!To Glenn Beck and staff, &listeners ,Rush,Foxnews,Rand Paul & Ted Cruz a  ( ALERT ) I don’t think this subject with con artists  at White House in  attempt to gain power of deadly force to assassinate  none combative U.S citizens on political opposition hit list on U.S soil with no oversight,trial or due process ( THIS IS NOT OVER )   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All what the con artists U.S attorney general and obama doing was throwing us a bone or a piece  of their evil agenda with their letter say NO to a drone strike it’s unconstitutional to use drone to kill a U.S citizen in none combative state on U.S soil !!!!!!!!!!!!!  They did not welded this door all the way shut ,left it open somewhat !!,They left themselves some wiggle room with their play of words !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  As many people stated if the White House think they have the right to use lethal force (of a drone attack) on a none combative U.S citizens with no trial,evidence on U.S soil, or oversight !!,Then they also think they can use  any means of lethal force on U.S citizens to assassinate them without due process or trail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Today letter only stated ( No) to use the lethal force of a drone it’s unconstitutional ,but  nothing about the White House think it has the right to use any other means of lethal force on none combative U.S citizens on U.S soil, with no due process,no trial  !!!!!! Wake up people the con artists in the White House are more slippery than any use car dealer you had or any you will meet in your life time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! During the Benghazi investigation Hillary said what difference it makes ( something like that ) I guess obama and U.S attorney General will say what different it’s make they just use another means of lethal force ,instead of drone , to carry out their political opposition assassination hit lists they label them as terrorists and danger to country Tea Party,NRA,Republicans,certain newscasters & congressmen who are non-combative etc without due process or no trial,with no oversight from congress or courts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Danuser/698607027 Mary Elizabeth Danuser

    Ted Cruz really knows how to stand his ground.Sure hope he can keep it up as the years go by.Thats whats sad about DC.After there too long it will corrupt most.Don’t want that to happen in this fine man.Liz

  • Anonymous

    Be cautious about taking any Democrat at their “word.” They need to define “combat,” among other things.

    Also, please go to the EPIC site below and sign an anti-drone petition:



  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    he’s not a good guy along w/that other guy.  i think this is rather obvious what’s going on here.  when you insert the question “well, does he not answer because he’s stupid or because he will use force when and where he wants” then it makes sense.  the answer is he will use any kind of force that he deems appropriate when and where he wants to use it — that IS HIS constitution.

  • Anonymous

    Truly said.  With that everyone should be reading the bible.    I have read it here and there but lately I have been faithfully reading and if you stay with it, everything that is happening now has already been prerecorded in word.  The Bible goes along with our times now.  Nothing unfortunately, is going to slow it down – our time is short.  I encourage everyone to see the Bible on the History, it is great and a new episode is coming Sunday and the last Sunday before Easter is Revelation.  Will be an eye opener for some and scary for ones who don’t know the Bible.  Amazing!!  I am thankful we have some that will stand on principal and our Constitution but unfortunately, there is only a hand full.  The old guard need to be replaced.  The sooner the better for now they are in alignment with Obama and that is scary.   What do they stand for?  Seems like nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Rit du Warrent
    then came a lack of bread

  • Anonymous

    Take look where obama and his U.S attorney  stands they want to bring UBL son in law   a foreign terrorists,a combative/ in war zone ,not a U.S citizen bring back to U.S for trail and Due process !! But  with U.S citizens on U.S soil not in a combative state he just want to have the free rein of power to just assassinate them at his whim with a drone strike or other means of lethal force with no oversight by congress or courts,no trail ,no warrants ,no Due process !! As if they were a none U.S citizens !!  Our President is putting foreign Muslims terrorists above U.S citizens on U.S soil !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

       It is time for U.S citizens to WAKE UP before it too late !! For our rights,freedoms and constitution and our way of life and our country as we  know it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Justone View

    Does THIS not show you what this president and this administration thinks and how they have NO regard for the United States Constitution. These are globalist. NOT Americans. FACT OF REALITY. 

  • Justone View

    Send this clip to your senator, congress person and governor.  You must be an idiot NOT see grasp where these people are coming from. WE have got to stop playing their game. The media is despicable for going along with this crap.

  • Anonymous


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