From email privacy to national security, Rand Paul is probably the Senate’s premier civil libertarian. As he tours Silicon Valley, he talks about his causes with Wired.
Obama seemed to say last week that U.S. drones are out of the business of killing militants who aren’t senior al-Qaida leaders. Then he killed a Pakistani Taliban leader this morning.
A prominent legislator thinks it’s time for the broad post-9/11 law authorizing the war on terrorism to expire. And he’s going to introduce a bill to repeal it.
Drone strikes will remain a fixture of U.S. counterterrorism. But President Obama, in a major speech, signaled that he’s going to rein in their use.
Obama has a chance to clear up four major areas of ambiguity about the seemingly endless war on terrorism in his forthcoming speech. We’ll see.