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Holder: In 'Extraordinary' Circumstances, the President Has the Authority to Order the Killing of Americans on US Soil

Storm13 Wrote: Mar 06, 2013 3:16 PM
Yes, the president does have the authority to use military force against American citizens on US soil—but only in "an extraordinary circumstance," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) And here I thought we were a nation of laws, a nation of due process. But putting that aside, my question is this Mr. Attorney General. If the Pres. is authorized to kill US citizens on US soil, what is to prevent a sitting Pres to kill suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay? Aren't they imprisoned because of "extreme circumstances"? Isn't terrorism by definition extreme?
bigdoggy109 Wrote: Mar 06, 2013 3:21 PM
Well, I don't support the idea that the president has this power to start with, even in extreme circumstances. Those in detention at GITMO now fall under the Military Order of 13 Nov 2001, indicating that they will be held and humanely treated, then tried by military commission.

Sen. Rand Paul demanded an answer, and now he's got it.  Via Left-wing magazine Mother Jones:
 

Yes, the president does have the authority to use military force against American citizens on US soil—but only in "an extraordinary circumstance," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Tuesday. Last month, Paul threatened to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan, Obama's pick to head the CIA, "until he answers the question of whether or not the President can kill American citizens through the drone strike program on U.S. soil." Tuesday, Brennan told Paul...