Jacob Hornberger: Rand Paul's Misplaced CelebrationSubmitted by RandWatcher on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 13:34
by Jacob G. Hornberger | Future of Freedom Foundation | March 8, 2013
With his 13-hour filibuster of President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director, U.S. Senator Rand Paul has drawn the nation’s attention to the issue of whether President Obama claims the authority to assassinate American citizens here at home, on American soil.
The president, through Attorney General Eric Holder, initially stated that the president could use the military to kill Americans on U.S. soil but only in an “extraordinary circumstance.” Holder emphasized, however, that the president has “no intention of doing so.”
Yesterday, at a daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney read a short letter from Holder that’s states as follows:
“Dear Senator Paul: It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ The answer to that question is no. Sincerely, Eric H. Holder, Jr.”
Senator Paul has construed that statement to mean that Obama is not claiming the authority to assassinate Americans on U.S. soil. “Hooray!” he exclaimed on Fox News, followed by a statement to CNN that he is “quite happy” with Holder’s letter and only wished it hadn’t taken so long to get an answer.
Unfortunately, Paul’s celebration is misplaced. The unequivocal reality is that President Obama, like President Bush before him, does in fact claim the authority to assassinate Americans and anyone else, both here and abroad. This claim follows logically from how they view the so-called war on terrorism.
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