Trust US: We CAN Kill You

In a March 5th speech at Chicago’s Northwestern University , Attorney General Eric Holder outlined what the White House billed as the legal rationale for its claimed right to kill U.S. citizens who belong to al-Qaeda or associated forces.

Attorney General Eric Holder: “Any decision to use lethal force against a United States citizen, even one intent on murdering Americans and who has become an operational leader of al-Qaeda in a foreign land, is among the gravest that government leaders can face. The American people can be, and deserve to be, assured that actions taken in their defense are consistent with their values and their laws. So, although I cannot discuss or confirm any particular program or operation, I believe it is important to explain these legal principles publicly.

“Now, let me be clear. An operation using lethal force in a foreign country targeted against a U.S. citizen who is a senior operational leader of al-Qaeda or associated forces and who is actively engaged in planning to kill Americans would be lawful at least in the following circumstances: first, the U.S. government has determined after a thorough and careful review that the individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States; second, capture is not feasible; and third, the operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war principles.”

Holder emphasized U.S. presidents do not need to seek permission from the federal court before acting against a U.S. citizen.

“Some have argued that the president is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of al-Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process. It does not guarantee judicial process.”

Jason Rink is the Editor-in-Chief of The Liberty Voice. Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society. He is the producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of “Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul. See more of his work at his writing at and his film production work at

1 Comment

  1. Bob Marshall

    March 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    “They that can give up ESSENTIAL Liberty to purchase a little temporary safety,deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin. I believe this sums up America today. It is not a question of America having so many ignorant voters when it come to knowledge of the workings of the government. That has been proven in many elections. ‘ If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be… if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every citizen to be informed.” Thomas Jefferson. Norah Webster, “If we vote an immoral man into office we are a traitor to our country.” Which statement is wrong?

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