Rand Paul's filibuster today, during which he demanded the Obama administration promise not to kill Americans with drone strikes on U.S. soil, was interrupted by a test of the government's emergency alert system.
Footage from C-SPAN shows the Kentucky Senator speaking before an EAS alert for the New York region cuts in. The system has stoked concerns that the government is preparing to take over all civilian communication outlets under the guise of a national emergency.
Some will see the timing of the emergency alert test as more than coincidental, given what Senator was discussing during his filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director. "No American should ever be killed in their house without warrant and some kind of aggressive behavior by them," Paul said on the Senate floor. "To be bombed in your sleep? There's nothing American about that . . . [Obama] says trust him because he hasn't done it yet. He says he doesn't intend to do so, but he might. Mr. President, that's not good enough . . . so I've come here to speak for as long as I can to draw attention to something that I find to really be very disturbing." "I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution," Paul added."No person will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process," he said, quoting the Fifth Amendment.