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Drone strike debate heats up

Last night on Hannity, Republican Senator Rand Paul revealed requested responses from Obama's Department of Justice on the legality of drone strikes. When asked about the administration's authority to use drones against US citizens on US soil, Attorney General Eric Holder responded, "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."

Today, Senator Rand Paul began filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to the CIA in opposition to the administration's policy on unmanned drone strikes. Paul began his filibuster earlier today stating, “I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”

Also, in a hearing earlier today, Republican Senator Ted Cruz asked Attorney General Eric Holder point blank: “Does the Constitution allow a US citizen on US soil to be killed by the US government?” Holder squirmed and then after being asked four times, eventually answered the question; A question to which the answer seems blatantly obvious if you have read the Constitution of the United States.

This is absurd. As Rand Paul and others have pointed out, the idea that our government could use deadly force to kill any American it wanted, without due process, on our own soil, is blatantly beyond the bounds of our Constitution.