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Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to justify presidential killing in a speech at Northwestern University law school. In it, he recognized the requirement of the Fifth Amendment for due process. He argued that the president may substitute the traditionally understood due process -- a public jury trial—with the president's own novel version of it; that would be a secret deliberation about killing.
Holder argued that the act of reviewing al-Awlaki's alleged crimes, what he was doing in Yemen and the imminent danger he posed provided al-Awlaki with a substituted form of due process. He did not mention how this substitution applied to al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son and a family friend, who were also executed by CIA drones. And he did not address the utter absence of any support in the Constitution or Supreme Court case law for his novel theory.
reply to post by satron
Sure. He didn't need this years NDAA to do it either. He can do it the same way I could go up to someone in a dark alley and end them right there. Of course, someone would do it for him.
Originally posted by Taupin Desciple
People need to stop pretending that the POTUS is actually someone special and that he should be looked up to.
He's not and he shouldn't. Not even Ron Paul.