At a Washington, D.C. event hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative, Senator Ted Cruz defended the use of drones but also expressed some concern. "I'm worried about what I would call video game warfare," said Cruz in response to a question about drones.
"Look, it is a great question and it's one of the realities of changing warfare--is drones have changed how combat is conducted, it's changed our capacity," said Cruz, responding to the question. "There are advantages to that and risks to that. Now, drones it seems to me, are a tool. They are a tool that clearly can have beneficial impacts, in particular allowing us to project force without risking U.S. soldiers. But there are dangers as well."
Cruz continued, "I am concerned a) domestically about the use of drones here at home and in particular we had fairly lively disagreements with the administration a year ago, asking the very simple question about whether a drone can use force against a U.S. citizen who doesn't pose an imminent threat here at home. And the administration repeatedly and to my mind inexplicably refused to acknowledge that the Constitution prevents the federal government from using a drone against a U.S. citizen at home if he or she doesn't pose an imminent threat. I think that's a real concern. There are civil liberties concerned to American citizens here at home and privacy concerns that trouble me.
"There are also concerns from the perspective of national security. No administration has used drones as aggressively as has the Obama administration. And I'm worried about what I would call videogame warfare."
The Justice Department has released a new, superseding indictment in the government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the only suspect held by the U.S. in connection with the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Susana Martinez of New Mexico is the first female Hispanic governor in the country. She's also a gun-toting, tough-on-crime conservative Republican, and that's got Democrats in New Mexico itching to defeat her. Martinez's Democratic opponent for reelection this year is attorney general Gary King, the son of former three-term governor Bruce King.
Republican congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio excoriated the Internal Revenue Service commissioner Monday night in a House hearing looking into the agency's malfeasance regarding conservative non-profit groups. Jordan focused his questioning to when IRS comissioner John Koskinen knew about the loss of critical emails from former official Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified that he discovered a computer hard drive crash lost the Lerner emails in April but did not report this publicly until presenting Congress with a report earlier this month.
A leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia criticized a fellow primary opponent for having only a high school degree. David Perdue, a businessman and first-time candidate for office, was touting his experience and education to a group of voters in January when he made a reference to "a high school graduate in this race."
That candidate is Karen Handel, the former secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate. Handel left an abusive home at age 17, according to her campaign, and finished high school. She never graduated from college.
Charles Gibson, a former anchor with ABC News, is narrating a new online video touting the benefits of Obamacare and instructing viewers how the law will affect them. The video, sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and running nearly seven minutes, informs Americans that they will fall under one of four categories when it comes to purchasing health insurance under Obamacare: employer-covered, government-covered, self-covered, or uncovered.
The Associated Press reports, "An Indiana college professor has found rare film footage showing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt being pushed in a wheelchair, depicting a secret not revealed to the public until after his death."
A new investigative video shows a Washington, D.C.-based abortion doctor admitting that if a baby is born alive in his clinic after a failed abortion attempt he would let the baby suffocate on fluid in the child's throat or lungs.
As we reported yesterday, a speech that Chuck Hagel failed to include in his Senate disclosure was in fact video taped--and the tape still exists! But the group, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), that hosted the Hagel speech said it could take until Friday for the video to be released.
Fox News reported yesterday that Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated as the next secretary of defense, failed to “disclose at least two recent speeches on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict” in paperwork filed with the Senate.