Right now, a small cadre of senators, led by Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky, are occupying the senate floor in a filibuster protest against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan’s nomination has been highly controversial due to his central role in the development and expansion of drone warfare under the Obama administration.
From the Times:
“A small group of Republicans, led by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, stalled the Senate on Wednesday by waging a nine-hours-and-counting, old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no-more filibuster over the government’s use of lethal drone strikes — forcing the Senate to delay the expected confirmation of John O. Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.”
More than a dozen other senators have joined Paul’s now 12-hour filibuster. The event has garnered a growing following of Twitter, where hundreds of anti-drone supporters have been tweeting under the hashtag #standwithrand.
Throughout his 12 hours (and counting) of speaking, Rand has spoken out against the increasingly militarized stance of President Obama.
“I think its also safe to say that Barack Obama of 2007 would be right down here with me arguing against this drone-strike program if he were in the Senate,” he said.
Later he directed his remarks to the entire American public.
“Are you so afraid that you are willing to trade your freedom for security?”
A new generation of antiwar veterans is beginning to set itself apart in its opposition to America’s wars abroad and at home.
As K-pop fans and Black organizers and artists are demonstrating, joyful, powerful movements draw more people in and reflect the kind of world we want to live in.
If soldiers train for armed combat, why wouldn’t activists train for toppling the political-economic structure that’s killing our chance for a just future? The stakes are just as high.