Barack Obama ‘has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on U.S. soil’

The Telegraph reports: President Barack Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, his attorney general has said.

Eric Holder argued that using lethal military force against an American in his home country would be legal and justified in an “extraordinary circumstance” comparable to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“The president could conceivably have no choice but to authorise the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland,” Mr Holder said.

His statement was described as “more than frightening” by Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, who had demanded to know the Obama administration’s position on the subject.

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1 thought on “Barack Obama ‘has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on U.S. soil’

  1. Norman

    So Holder is the “O”‘s version of John Yoo. I guess he’s auditioning for a tough guy roll, perhaps in the up-coming “Star Wars” extension[s] that Disney plans. After all, Holder hasn’t done anything to stop the fraud of the Financial T.B.T.F.’s, so I guess he can make-believe he’s bad.

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