Eric Holder: Yes, the President Has a Right to Drone-Whack American Citizens on US Soil Without a Trial, but Don’t Worry Because He Won’t — Well, Probably Not. OK, Maybe
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Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday stopped short of entirely ruling out a drone strike against an American citizen on U.S. soil — without trial.
Holder’s comment came in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul. Paul had sent a letter to President Obama’s CIA director nominee John Brennan asking for the administration’s views on the president’s power to authorize lethal force.
In the letter, Holder said “It is possible I suppose to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”
No wonder Hollywood stays on their good side.
Update: Sen. Ted Cruz, after a few minutes of pulling teeth, got Eric Holder to admit that the Constitution does not permit the government to take out a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil who does not pose an imminent threat.