Durbin and Cruz hit the Obama administration for their conspicuous drone-hearing absence

posted at 8:41 pm on April 23, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Rand Paul’s epic, viral filibuster managed to kinda’-sorta’ glean at least some manner of response from the Obama administration on their drone policy, but they were majorly called out out during a Senate Judiciary hearing on Tuesday by Senators Durbin and Cruz, and it doesn’t exactly sound like The Most Transparent Administration, Evah is going all-in on cooperating with Congress on allaying their bipartisan concerns and clarifying drone policy. Via the WFB:

SEN. DURBIN: … Now, I agree with President on the need for clear, legitimate, and transparent legal framework for targeted killing. Today is the first step in the process. I do want to note for the record, my disappointment that the administration declined to provide a witness to testify at today’s hearings. I hope that in future hearings we’ll have an opportunity to work with the administration more closely. …

SEN. CRUZ: … I’d like to echo the concern that the chairman raised and the disappointment that the Obama administration declined to send a witness particularly after this hearing was delayed for one week in order to accommodate the administration’s schedule, and I am hopeful that they will provide witnesses at subsequent hearings.

But… oh hey, that’s funny — remember this, from the president’s own SOTU address in February?

That’s why my administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism efforts. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. And I recognize that, in our democracy, no one should just take my word for it that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.

Promises, promises.


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Ogabe was probably busy out, er, droning on to some oblivious, dingbat clapping seals of a teachers’ union about how terrible waterboarding was under Bush.

viking01 on April 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Well, Rand Paul has no problems with drones…in America…under the “right circumstances” of course.

Overseas, we’ve lost a lot of intel by killing from 30,000 feet.

Domestically…we’ve torn another portion of our Constitution into confetti, as more and more jurisdictions clammor for drones of all types.

When is the loyal opposition in Congress going to actually do their job?

As for Obama and his administration…why even have them show up for anything?

If Hillary can lie and have it called a mis-statement, or if Eric Holder can lie, often, and know that there is not a single thing Congress can or will do about it… and Janet from another Planet over at DHS…gonna believe anything she says? White guys, Christians and anyone who favors the Second Amendment are the real terrorists…and mohammedans…can’t even mention Islam when talking about terrorism anymore…not if you wish to remain employed in the USG or in uniform of the armed services

There is a disturbing pattern here.

Not going to change unless and until we get a wholesale change of government…vote all of the incumbents out…issue indictments for any number of them after they are driven from power…and follow through with it…under the Constitution, under Law.

Otherwise, it is all Kabuki.

coldwarrior on April 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM

…F O R E….!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2013 at 8:57 PM

“Absence”:

Dog whistle for Limited government Conservatives that means the President is going to NOT take a stand politically (unless the polls indicate he needs too) or that he’ll just do an executive order.

Clear as a bell.

PappyD61 on April 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

King Barry is great at making promises. You have a need, King Barry will make a promise.

Delivery? Not so much.

GarandFan on April 23, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Just get Obama’s KILL LIST,and problem solved,er wait…………

canopfor on April 23, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Lies more lies omissions obfuscations and more freaking LIES!

Just watched Rubio on Hannity, I don’t believe a word he said…

Lying liars lying over and over and over…

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

It was them giving the finger bird.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM

coldwarrior on April 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM

KABUKI, that IS all it is…

I am so sick SICK of DC and everything and everyone…

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Lying liars lying over and over and over…

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

You need a de-tongue twister. ;)

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Well, FU too Obama!

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

None of the Dbastards can get their fracking story straight, and when caught out…

Fracking Crickets……………..

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I know sweet pea…

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Barry is a liar.

TX-96 on April 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

TX-96 on April 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

NOT just him…
ALL of them…
Even the ones we think are on our side…
LIES all the time

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Where is Joe Wilson, when you need him?
You LIE!

Hell, most lie.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Transparent. I don’t think that word means what Obama thinks it means.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I am just walking away from the news…

I don’t wanna see it hear it or speak about it…

I am so disgusted right now…

I am so angry…

So disheartened…

So F’em all…

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Me to scrumps..all the time.
Why I take breaks and focus on what matters in my life,
when I feel that hate.
Take a break..

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Speaking of Drone Strikes……………

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 1h

Yemeni at U.S. hearing describes drone strike on his village http://reut.rs/XV5NH6
=====================

WASHINGTON | Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:05pm EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/us-usa-security-drones-hearing-idUSBRE93N00420130424

canopfor on April 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Too bad nobody outside of the already disenfranchised tea party fringe takes Cruz seriously.

HotAirLib on April 23, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Perfect Example of a Federal Government and politicians gone amok.

Over in Hogs Head Creek earlier today they had a City Bus and it was a brand new 2013 bus (you could tell from the number on the bus) and it had a “RECOVERY.GOV” seal on the side.

Not only that it was a CNG powered vehicle (that fuels up at the CITY fueling station). Driven by a Unionized $27.00 an hour bus driver. And the best part……..it had 3 people on it.

And there are many, many buses just like that in the relatively small Hogs Head Creek metroplex.

And if you cut funding for this program?……you’d have the media screaming about little Jesse not being able to get a job 20 miles from home or whatever.

Meanwhile, somehow we furlough Air Traffic Controllers, Meals for Seniors and Border security agents and the White House GLEEFULLY loves it.

PappyD61 on April 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I am just walking away from the news…

I don’t wanna see it hear it or speak about it…

I am so disgusted right now…

I am so angry…

So disheartened…

So F’em all…

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Scrumpy:

I normally take a break,every six months for a week or two,
and yes,it can wear ya down.

I moniter daily,the news feeds,and there is alot of
really sick things going on,so I don’t blame ya,but,

please don’t Dis-Engage!:)

canopfor on April 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

“…but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.”

I knew it was a lie when he said it…

… I love how our “Free and Independent” press just stands around like innocent by-standers waiting for an invitation to the next party.

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Too bad nobody outside of the already disenfranchised tea party fringe takes Cruz seriously.

HotAirLib on April 23, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Too bad (for you) no one takes you seriously outside of your basement.

Barred on April 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Only good thing Dick Durbin’s ever done in his life.

thirtyandseven on April 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

What ? No trolls?

CW on April 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Surprising to see Dick Durbin criticizing the administration on anything.

What are they talking about? “legal framework for targeted killings”. Umm, this is assassination as government policy.

No, this is not the work of constitutional government. It is third-world thuggery. Once the US goes native on this, it is open-season on all officials and don’t think it can’t happen here.

virgo on April 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM