Rand Paul toasts a drone program
August 9th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
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Rand Paul toasts a drone program

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul has become known as perhaps the most vocal lawmaker on the legal use of drones, taking repeated standoffs with the administration over questions about armed and unarmed aerial vehicles.

But the Republican senator from Kentucky tweeted Friday that he approved of a certain kind of drone after all. And it can't conduct surveillance or kill people.

"Perhaps I am not against ALL drones!" he wrote on Twitter, linking to an article about a flying robot that brings beer to music festival goers in South Africa.

At the outdoor festival called Oppikoppi, customers can place an order using a smartphone app. A drone then brings the beer 50 feet above the crowd, using a GPS device to track down the person who requested the drink, according to Agence-France Presse. Once the person is found, the drone drops the beer with a parachute.

"Every time it drops a parachute a crowd of 5,000 cheers," Carel Hoffmann, director of the festival, said in the article.

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While holding up a confirmation vote in the Senate on the president's nominee for CIA director, Paul based his famous 13-hour talking filibuster earlier this summer on questions about the legal use of armed drones in the United States. Paul also held up a vote on the FBI nominee this year as he sought details on the government's use of drones for domestic surveillance.


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  1. Bill

    The Aqua Buddha will continue to provide comic relief through the 2016 election. I sure hope he runs. Cruz, Aqua Buddha, Perry, 999, ... A lineup worthy of the laughing stock that the GOP has become.

    August 9, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. lolo

    This nut does not know what he believes in . So wishy-washy. The nerve of his followers thinking that he should run for president. The GOP/TP, Libertarian people are really out there in Lala land.What have they been smoking???? It is a shame that the crazy folks have taken over the asylum.

    August 9, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Bland Paul , the GOP teaparty goof will be lucky to get realected in the hick state of ky, after all what has he done for any of the suckers who were dumb enough to vote for him????? Except stick his fake hair piece on camara 24 -7, GOP moron!!!!!

    August 9, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. w l jonea

    Coal dust is bad for some people way of thinking. Enough.

    August 9, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    tom l wrote:

    ...Be fair here and answer this question honestly...what would you have said if a pres Bush said the exact same thing and now, less than a year after, we are clearly not in control. The left and the media would have skewered Bush and rightfully so. They are not on the run. They never were. ....
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    Your question cannot be answered because it is based upon a fatally flawed presumption. Bin Laden was killed two years ago, not the one that your question presumes. Furthermore, the talking point that you cite was originally made two years ago.

    August 9, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    For the past 5 years GOPerville has shown what happens when elected officials don't work together with the current President of the United States ... and here comes Mr. Rand Paul suggesting that HE will be able to get HIS agenda completed - should he ever become President of the United States that is. Not surprisingly, there are those who will believe this over blown pandering hype. Most of whom are likely the same folks who have spent the past 5 years criticizing Obama supporters for ... now what is it ... oh, yeah ... drinking the (partisan) koolaid.

    August 9, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Pete

    Rand and drones,what an odd couple..Drones wether posters here agree in the right hands and used properly are beneficial not only abroad but stateside as well..Tell me posters that are against these drones the difference between an unmanned drone and let's say a manned helicopter armed with police ?Or an unmanned drone equipped with cameras as in traffic control on most hiways today and again either a manned helicopter or airplane?The major difference is the overall cost that is saved by not having a pilot in either craft and insurance and everything included with it ,correct !!Much cheaper to operate and its operational life is probibly greater than that of conventional aircraft without the huge overhead of maintenence or upkeep,agree..Plus drones can work in smaller areas and with cameras and proper operating most drones can fly circles around again conventional aircraft because drones can get much closer ground wise than any conventional aircraft including helicopters!!And remember give credit where credit is due it was Bush back in 2002 that first used drones against terrorists overseas for spying and in its use since then these drones have saved many a soldiers lives!!So read up and see the positive benefits which are much more than the negetives in drone use not only abroad but stateside because overall they are much cheaper as I said to operate and deploy and that's money saved to me as a taxpayer like it or not!!

    August 9, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    @Tom,

    Thanks for the thoughtful reply.

    As I said in my first post on this, just being liberal means I end up agreeing with libertarians on certain issues. ("libertas" being the root word for both, if I recall). So, no surprise we're in agreement about removing ourselves from unnecessary foreign entanglements, and, even more key, the recognition that energy policy is the root cause of our terrorism dilemma.

    Now where we part ways: I would be more sympathetic to private investment in new energy if the OLD energy also relied on purely private investment. But it doesn't. Fossil fuel subsidies will be a gripe you hear from every liberal you talk to, Tom. Big oil gets far more than the pittance "green" energy receives. I keep hearing that we're "not ready" for green energy, but we never will be if we never make a commitment! Private dollars are not interested. They'll get interested once our government fully invests. It has been ever thus. Nuclear, telecom (to some degree), all kinds of energy-based industry has benefited from strong government support. Private money is timid, and needs encouragement.

    Well, I hope you see this post. I'm on lunch, writing on a phone, so it takes forever. Comments are probably closed as I peck this!

    August 9, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Another lush like Boehner.

    He's so funny - ha.......................................................ha

    August 9, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. rs

    tom l

    To all the lefties here:

    Clearly, it was a big mistake when Bush unveiled the "mission accomplished" sign when we were nowhere near that. Is it a fair criticism of President Obama who campaigned continuously about how "Al Qaida is on the run and is decimated" with the actions over the past few weeks. This is isn't a gotcha question. It's a matter of consistency. Clearly, Bush was wrong. Wouldn't it be consistent to say that Obama was wrong to make the same bold claims as Bush did?
    ____________________
    A good and fair question, but a cherry-picked one. Look at the broader context of how Bush et al sold the war: "Weapons of Mass Destruction"; "it will pay for itself in oil revenues"; "It will be over in 18 months"; "Mission Accomplished", and so on. The results were very different: We're still there; the war cost $trillions; We got no oil, and worse, Iraq to this day is worse off, with 2 million refugees spread across the middle east, and 125,000 civilians killed, not to mention our own losses. The Bush Administration not only started the wrong war (Iraq), it failed to get the man behind 9/11- remember when Bush famously said "I don't think about him much anymore". Failure doesn't get much larger.
    Compared to what Obama has seen achieved- the death of OBL primarily, and a high degree of exit from Iraq with Afghanistan soon, I'd say we've done well. Obama never declared al Queda dead, but well woudned – and that is and was at the time factual. That events are once again changing in the middle east (with over 500 al Queda members now free from inept jailers) is hardly anything he can be blamed for. That the middle east is still in turmoil (primarily started by the shift in balances caused by taking out Saddam Hussein-essentially causing both the rise of Iran, and the "Arab Spring) ought not be a surprise to anyone. The illusion that Bush and the Right still push that we ever were "in control" in the middle east was a farce- we have no real power there- except to get in deeper and deeper if we are unwise.

    August 9, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    My mother taught me not to trust people who talk and smile at the same time. Most conservatives do it, including Rand Paul.

    August 9, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Rand Paul's ability to show what a horrible excuse he is for a senator never ceases to amaze me.

    August 9, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. matt

    Go Rand Paul!

    I am so tired of people on the right and the left. People on the left, including Obama, criticized Bush for the lack of civil liberties and breaking the law. People on the right now criticize Obama for deprivation of civil liberties and breaking the law.

    Rand Paul it's not afraid to criticize both Bush and Obama for the lying criminals they are.

    Because sometimes policy use more important than personalities or political parties.
    Rand Paul 2016

    August 10, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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