Lew Rockwell – by William Grigg
It took a 13-hour filibuster from Senator Rand Paul to wring this terse statement from Attorney General Eric Holder:
“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.”
Like all statements from people who presume to rule others, this brief message from Holder – – who is Nickolai Krylenko to Obama’s Josef Stalin – should be read in terms of the supposed authority claimed thereby. This means removing useless qualifiers in the interest of clarity.
What Holder is saying, in substantive terms, is that the President does have the supposed authority to use a drone to kill an American who is engaged in “combat,” whether here or abroad. “Combat” can consist of expressing support for Muslims mounting armed resistance against U.S. military aggression, which was the supposed crime committed by Anwar al-Awlaki, or sharing the surname and DNA of a known enemy of the state, which was the offense committed by Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdel. Under the rules of engagement used by the Obama Regime in Pakistan, Yemen, and Afghanistan, any “military-age” male found within a targeted “kill zone” is likewise designated a “combatant,” albeit usually after the fact. This is a murderous application of the “Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy,” and it will be used when — not if — Obama or a successor starts conducting domestic drone-killing operations.
Holder selected a carefully qualified question in order to justify a narrowly tailored answer that reserves an expansive claim of executive power to authorize summary executions by the president. That’s how totalitarians operate.
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Even now, Holder is admitting that the relatives of an active dissident are also vulnerable to be murdered by drone. And since young Awlaki was NOT on a battlefield, Americans not on American soil can be murdered without due process, even if they are not involved in opposing the US. A young man, a teenager looking for his father was murdered by Obama’s techno-death squad while sharing a meal with young friends far from a battlefield.
Little Eric is such a slippery little devil, isn’t he? Hang the cowardly bastard!
anyone that has paid attention over the last 5 years, is fully aware, that this statement by captain fast and furious, on behalf of obama bin dronin, is the terrifying statement that will assure that hellfires will be flying over the heartland in no time, this “president” has proven time after time after time, that the instant he says he will not do something, is the instant you better bet the farm that is EXACTLY what he is gonna do. 08, im closin gunatanamo, 2012, “if re-elected i will not raise taxes on the lower income brackets, 2012 ndaa ” i wont sign it because of the indefinite detention clause on american citizens on us soil”, what do we find out later, that he himself INSISTED that clause be included, and on and on and on with example after example, this man is a psychopath, and all his little minions are complicit, right along with him, and make ABSOLUTELY NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THAT INCLUDES DEMOCRIPS, AND REBLOODLICANS!!!!!