Shortly after Sen. Rand Paul began his promised traditional filibuster -- the kind where you talk forever -- of John Brennan's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency over the issue of drone strikes, the Kentucky Republican compared American policy to "Alice in Wonderland."
“They say Lewis Carroll is fiction," Paul began (at the 1:35 mark in the Mediaite video below). "Alice never fell down a rabbit hole and the White Queen’s caustic judgments are not really a threat to your security. Or has America the Beautiful become Alice’s Wonderland?”
He then quoted the famous fantasy, adding a few revisions of his own.
"'No, no,’ said the queen. ‘Sentence first; Verdict afterwards.'
'Stuff and nonsense,' Alice said loudly. 'The idea of having the sentence first?'
'Hold your tongue,' said the queen, turning purple.
'I won’t,’ said Alice.
'Release the drones,’ said the queen, as she shouted at the top of her voice."
Paul targeted Attorney General Eric Holder, who told the congressman in a March 4 letter that the federal government could technically use force against Americans on U.S. soil under an "extraordinary circumstance."
Paul said he would speak “until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first to be found guilty by a court.”