It didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. Responding to a pointed inquiry from Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky), this nation’s Attorney General stated:
“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,”
Summary execution of an American citizen on US soil, without due process, without trial, without anything except the “informed high-level government official” that believes that citizen is a “threat”. No Fifth Amendment, no Sixth Amendment. No Eighth Amendment. No grand jury, no counsel for the accused, no jury of one’s peers. Nothing except a death sentence carried out after secret deliberations by a Star Chamber of politicians, few of whom are elected.
I am sure Marty Dempsey will eagerly crumple up that pesky old Constitution to please his masters. Wouldn’t be the first time.
Those who believed that the drone strikes against Anwar Al Awlaki and Samir Khan were about killing Islamic terrorists have thoroughly missed the bus. I told you then what the precedent was. Killing of an American without due process. Eric Holder confirmed such a precedent with his affirmative reply to Senator Paul. That Holder claims that such an eventuality is “entirely hypothetical” and “unlikely to occur” should be taken with a very small grain of salt. Not letting a good crisis go to waste, and all.
A criminal enterprise on the Potomac.
It is worth noting that Holder’s faux-assurances that such an eventuality of the assassination of American citizens on US soil is “unlikely” is strikingly similar to another government official who assured the public regarding the extraordinary and far-reaching powers which spelled the end of another Republic.
The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures…The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one.
Enemies, foreign and domestic.