Yesterday Eric Holder admitted that he thought drone strikes on United States citizens in America is legal and constitutional under certain circumstances. This is what he had to say:
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
Were such an emergency to arise, I would examine the particular facts and circumstances before advising the President on the scope of his authority
The scope of the president’s authority is already well defined, perhaps Eric Holder has never heard of posse comitatis, so I shall take a moment to inform him: In 1878 the Posse Comitatis Act was passed which made it illegal for the federal government to use the United States military against the people of the United States without an Act of Congress. It is illegal for the president to execute an American citizen without a warrant and without charges. It seems to me as if these drone strikes that Eric Holder is defending would fall under posse comitatis.
In addition to Eric Holder’s defense of drone strikes on United States soil we have also learned here that the Department of Homeland Security has modified drones to detect when American citizens are carrying weapons and also to track cell phones.
What exactly is the federal government preparing for with this and the news that they are buying millions of rounds of hollow point bullets and thousands of armed vehicles in addition to the drones?
Have no fear, Eric Holder has clarified his position; he claims the government has no “intention” of using drones against Barack Obama’s subjects. He still didn’t rule out the possibility, he simply stated the government doesn’t intend to use drone strikes at this point. He left the door open.
This is the slippery slope many of us feared when we learned that Barack Obama ordered a drone strike on an American citizen and his teenage son on foreign soil without any proof they were plotting against America. It now appears as if the regime is ready to take this policy to the next level.
The only question I have is this: If Barack Obama expands his kill list to include Americans on United States soil which side will the military come down on?
Normally I would say they will come down on our side but we have already seen the president remove several officers from duty for trying to come to the defense of Chris Stevens and the three others who died in the September 11th terrorist attack in Benghazi, what if he is systematically removing all officers who would oppose this action and replacing them will people who will support him if it ever comes down to it?
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