Which Americans can the president kill? [Emilie Rensink, Op-ed for the Examiner]

Is the dialogue on domestic weaponized drones over? A few questions remain that need to be answered.

On March 7, Holder stated he recognized the president does not have the legal authority to assassinate non-combatant US citizens on domestic soil.

Here’s the full text of his note to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.):

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 Holder

Is Holder’s curt statement really the clear-cut, exhaustive outline Paul seemed to be looking for?
Although Paul declared victory following Holder’s response, the fact remains that the Obama Administration has not outlined a full policy on domestic drone use.

Three questions continue to haunt me that must be answered before we can stop worrying about the possibility of being killed without judicial review by the president on domestic soil.

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