God bless Rand Paul. He is doing his country a service by starting a filibuster to hold Obama’s feet to the fire over the issue of using drones in the United States and using drones to kill American citizens. This is an important, vital issue. The good news, there are some Democrats of principle–Ron Wyden in particular–who are speaking out in support of Paul and his position.

Sadly, most Democrats are playing deaf and dumb. Doing a pretty good imitation of Helen Keller. Back when Bush presided over Abu Ghraib and the internment of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo without any due process, Democrats were fit to be tied over the abuse of human rights. I shared their outrage. I spoke out against the war in Iraq. I spoke in support of my CIA colleague, Valerie Plame Wilson. In speaking out, I was not professing support of Democrats. I was speaking out about truth and right and wrong. I did not check party affiliation first.

I have been affiliated with the Republican Party for most of my life. So, imagine my surprise when I was pilloried by so-called conservatives and accused of being a liberal activist. But, I believe that the principles of limited government and personal freedom are not subordinate to party affiliation.

And now we have the shameful spectacle of Barack Obama and his Democrat sycophants.

Here is Clinton loyalist, Howard Wolfson, making up excuses for the inexcusable:

Allahpundit over at Hot Air captures my disgust with these hypocrites:

What’s newsworthy about this clip isn’t Wolfson’s gauge of public opinion, it’s his dismissive disdain for a guy like Paul who’s making precisely the sort of constitutional objections that would have made him a hero to the left during the Bush era. There is a way to pay lip service to liberal counterterrorism concerns circa 2006 while also doing your Democratic duty as a mindless partisan in defending Obama. He could say that Paul’s points are well taken, that he’s certainly right that we can’t ignore due process just to make things a bit easier for the president, but that in an age of terror the commander-in-chief must have the power to blah blah blah etc. You don’t get any of that here even though Wolfson’s on MSNBC, ground zero for Democratic civil-libertarian posturing during the Bush years. He feels perfectly comfortable telling a lefty audience flat out that Rand Paul’s a crank for worrying about the Constitution when everyone knows that the public trusts the guy who commands the military to do the right thing on assassinating citizens. Good work, guys.

The divergence between what Obama promised and what he is doing in practice is galling. Yet, his own party turns its head away, closes its eyes and muzzles its voice. Why? They prefer power over honor. They embrace wrong and evil in the name of staying in power, where they can feed and reward cronies.

Good on Rand Paul. He will have my vote and my money come next election.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.