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Barack Obama 'has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil'
President Barack Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, his attorney general has said.
By Jon Swaine, Washington
6:52PM GMT 06 Mar 2013
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.
Senators Criticize Growing Militarization of Local Police Departments
Democrats, Republicans Question Federal Programs Giving Military-Style Gear to Local Law Enforcement
By Andrew Grossman
Updated Sept. 9, 2014 7:38 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—Senators on Tuesday criticized federal programs that outfit police departments with military gear, saying they waste funds and sow mistrust between law enforcement and the communities they police.
originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
Because someone said it was on the internet.
There is only one agenda...it's called training.
2) They to to some length to explain that these tactics can be used against Americans. Ironically enough, that idea can be applied to pretty much anything the military trains in.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: intrptr
Nah, won't be taking anything back, nor am I watching your video. I was trained as a combat lifesaver. Also applies to civilian life, were the situation to arise.
Thanks for the attempted bossiness though. Very sassy.
Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically
Posted: 03/05/2013 5:11 pm EST Updated: 03/05/2013 11:41 pm EST
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration believes it could technically use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an "extraordinary circumstance" but has "no intention of doing so," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter disclosed Tuesday.
Holder's March 4 letter was disclosed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who had asked whether the Justice Department believed President Barack Obama had the legal authority to order a targeted strike against an American citizen located within the United States.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted again Thursday to allow the indefinite military detention of Americans, blocking an amendment that would have barred the possibility.
Congress wrote that authority into law in the National Defense Authorization Act two years ago, prompting outrage from civil libertarians on the left and right. President Barack Obama signed the measure, but insisted his administration would never use it.
Yeah, this comes from the same person who in another thread dealing with this topic claims that 2 civilian helicopters acquired by a sheriff's office in Brevard valued at 7 million both are the same as 8 military helicopters valued originally at 18 million each and which a military database states were sent to Brevard county...
It showed how "specialists" used natural disasters to abuse Americans directly and they weren't protesting anything, just trying to protect their property. Just training…
"I want to clarify that my administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens," Obama wrote. "Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation. My administration will interpret section 1021 [of the bill] in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law."
"I reject any approach that would mandate military custody where law enforcement provides the best method of incapacitating a terrorist threat," Obama said. "While section 1022 is unnecessary and has the potential to create uncertainty, I have signed the bill because I believe that this section can be interpreted and applied in a manner that avoids undue harm to our current operations."