By Bernie Becker - 05/26/13 03:03 PM EDT
Interview begins at 1:53 mark.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he still had questions about President Obama’s drone policies, even as he called the president’s recent speech on the matter a step in the right direction.
Obama said last week that there would be stricter rules on the use of drone strikes, in an attempt to target only imminent threats and limit civilian casualties. But Paul said he still had questions about how Obama views due process when it comes to drone strikes.
“For example, it's not good enough for us that he's not using a power. We want him to assert that he won't. That he doesn't have the power.”
Paul, who led a high-profile filibuster targeting the White House’s drone policies, said he did not believe American citizens should be killed by drones, something the administration says has happened four times.
“If you are conspiring to attack America and you are a traitor, I would try you for treason,” Paul said. “If you don't come home for the trial, I would try you in absentia, and then the death penalty has repeatedly been used throughout our history for treason, but a judge looks at evidence.”
“And that's something that separates us from the rest of the world, is that we adjudicate things by taking it to an independent body who is not politically motivated, or elected,” Paul added.