Holder: Yep, Obama could kill Americans on U.S. soil
President Barack Obama has the legal authority to unleash deadly force—such as drone strikes—against Americans on U.S. soil without first putting them on trial, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter released Tuesday.
But Holder, writing to Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, underlined that Obama “has no intention” of targeting his fellow citizens with unmanned aerial vehicles and would do so only if facing “an extraordinary circumstance.”
Paul had asked the Obama administration on Feb. 20 whether the president “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil and without trial.” On Tuesday, he denounced Holder’s response as “frightening” and “an affront to the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
“The U.S. government has not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of doing so,” Holder assured Paul in the March 4, 2013 letter. The attorney general also underlined that “we reject the use of military force where well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat.” Yahoo! News
Yes, that IS a smiling Obama in the picture. This news will offset his grief over the death of Hugo Chavez.
If Obama “has no intentions” why then is this an issue at all? And the fact that Eric Holder, Mr. Fast and Furious, brings it up and speaks in such a way only makes me wonder just who the 1st target will be.
I have to totally agree with Sen. Rand Paul on this one; it truly is “frightening” and “an affront to the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
Any person, man or woman, Democrat or Republican, that says Obama has the legal authority to unleash deadly force — such as drone strikes — against Americans on U.S. soil without first putting them on trial has just written Barack Obama a blank check to become a vigilante and commit MURDER at will, with no thought of repercussions.
And IF such actions by a President were to take place and said President used the opinion of his Attorney General as citation to his authority to pull the trigger, wouldn’t that AG also be guilty as an accessory to murder?
And being the lawyer that he is, Holder immediately goes into *Cover your ass* mode.
Holder added: “The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no President will ever have to confront.”
But if ANY President ever DID have to confront such an action didn’t Eric Holder just kinda/sorta render an opinion in the Presidents favor?
But “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,” Holder said. “For example, the President could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances of a catastrophic attack” like Pearl Harbor or 9/11.
To call upon Pearl Harbor and 9-11 in an attempt to broadly justify the use of a drone strike on an American citizen on American soil is another of those *feel good* tactics the Libtards are so fond of.
In the event of an attack on U.S. soil I have to ask this question; what about Posse Comitatus?
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. SOURCE
Concerns about Posse Comitatus have been posed for quite some time, this is from 2008, Is Posse Comitatus Dead? US Troops on US Streets, and while I have full faith in the loyalty of our troops to the American people and the U.S. Constitution, I do indeed have serious fears about the leadership that is in place and exactly WHAT those leaders would try to get our military to do in the name of *following orders*.
We do live in extraordinary times, I only hope we can survive them intact!