Let me say I think Rand Paul is doing a good job and I like him but that does not give one a fee pass to compromise, lie or distort things in my book. Because perception is reality what he accomplished yesterday was good in some ways but also bad in others.
In my opinion you can't be a half ass "due process patriot" or claim the constitution in a strict way when it's convenient or politically correct at the moment.
People can be labeled "combatants" by anyone but that does not mean they are waging war on America and allowed to be droned by the President and condoned by Senator Paul. Due process 5th amendment rights do not magically disappear for "American citizen" because he is labeled a "combatant" by the "decider."
Many people are labeled felons everyday by lying prosecutors and cops but they have the opportunity to free themselves of that government label in court. What if the Prosecutors were giving the authority to drone you?
The 5th Amendment does state that the government can capture and hold you (American Citizen) during "war-time" or in cases of "public danger" but it does not say is can kill you with a drone.
Very convenient for them if they just claim they are at perpetual war with the American people :)
Article 1 Section 9:
The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall NOT be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
Remember a "Rebellion is an "organized" effort to overthrow the government.
Maybe Paul has a grand scheme but I don't think the men in charge are that stupid to not know what that scheme is. I do however appreciate him bringing awareness to the drone problem.