Attorney General Eric Holder Says Drone Killings On U.S. Soil Are ‘Hypothetically’ Doable

Will lethal drone strikes someday come home? Business Insider reports:

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter Tuesday that Obama administration believes it could “hypothetically” carry out drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil, but “has no intention of doing so.” The letter was sent to Republican Senator Rand Paul in response to his question about the constitutionality of drone strikes on U.S. soil.

But what is truly alarming about Holder’s letter is not his position, but his vague, almost supercilious, dismissal of the drone question itself:

The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront. It is possible to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution…for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.

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  • jnana

    fear tactics.
    because the leaders are afraid of popular uprising themselves.
    doing everything they can to hold on to power
    idiots, in the truest sense
    private minds dreaming private dreams

  • jnana

    fear tactics.
    because the leaders are afraid of popular uprising themselves.
    doing everything they can to hold on to power
    idiots, in the truest sense
    private minds dreaming private dreams

  • http://twitter.com/78jc JC

    Atty Gen. Holder has sent a new letter to Sen. Paul stating that the President does not have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil, but the NDAA gives the President the ability to designate anyone as an enemy combatant…..

  • http://twitter.com/78jc JC

    Atty Gen. Holder has sent a new letter to Sen. Paul stating that the President does not have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil, but the NDAA gives the President the ability to designate anyone as an enemy combatant…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/KaneVonDoom Kane VonDoom

      They are also working on legislation allowing the Federal Government to revoke citizenship of US citizens based on accusation alone. The Enemy Expatriation Act (HR 3166 and S. 1698)

    • http://www.facebook.com/KaneVonDoom Kane VonDoom

      They are also working on legislation allowing the Federal Government to revoke citizenship of US citizens based on accusation alone. The Enemy Expatriation Act (HR 3166 and S. 1698)

  • emperorreagan

    To take the two articles together:

    The government can’t be troubled to prosecute wrong doing on wall street, but will hedge it bets on whether it wants to use drones to murder people in the US for fun and profit.

  • BuzzCoastin

    hopefully

    he’s lying as usual

    • emperorreagan

      An honest answer would have been, “The president is waiting for a good test case to exercise this authority and we will expand its use from there.”

  • Sir Legendhead

    If such an “extraordinary circumstance” were to occur, it’s highly unlikely that the media or the general public would ever learn about it. Plus, if the Administration needed to take someone out while on American soil, do you really think they’d use a flying robot?

  • Sir Legendhead

    If such an “extraordinary circumstance” were to occur, it’s highly unlikely that the media or the general public would ever learn about it. Plus, if the Administration needed to take someone out while on American soil, do you really think they’d use a flying robot?

    • Calypso_1

      They’d ‘learn’ about it as a gas main explosion.

    • Anarchy Pony

      I know right? A tragic “home invasion turned homicide” would be much simpler.

    • I_abide

      I would think it would depend on whether or not they wanted to send a message and try to bring all the sheeple into tighter formation.

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