Attorney General Eric Holder finally replied to Senator Paul’s request on whether the administration believed the President could authorize a lethal drone strike on American soil.
It’s hard to believe this was his actual response, but then again, given this administration’s sordid past – particularly in the DOJ – perhaps it’s not too surprising.
Holder replied to Senator Paul in a letter dated March 4, 2013, “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.” [emphasis added]
(Eric Holder’s full letter is posted below)
Senator Paul has been pursuing this issue relentlessly, particularly since the nomination of John Brennan to head up the Central Intelligence Agency.
In response, Senator Paul stated, “The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening – it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”