America’s Attorney General has written a letter to Obama that, yes, the president has the authority to kill an American on American soil without due process.
This is in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States, the foundational Rule of Law under which our government MUST operate.
- 5th Amendment: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…”
- 14th Amendment: “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”
Sen. Rand Paul, in questioning Holder, said,
“The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening, it is an affront on the constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
…and has posted on his Facebook page:
“I don’t care whether it is a Democrat or Republican President, this is about authority. The President should not have the authority to execute American citizens on U.S. soil without a fair trial.”
There is no relevancy to “should not.” Assassinating American citizens – presidential murder, state-sanctioned killing without Due Process – it doesn’t matter what you call it, they are all the same here – has nothing to do with “should not.”
The president does not have that authority, period.
The president – the entire government – SPECIFICALLY is precluded from this by the Constitution in both the 5th and 14th Amendments.
AG Holder is making an ILLEGAL recommendation that the president can murder Americans and IMMEDIATELY must be impeached for same.
If Obama acts on this recommendation, if he murders an American citizen on his whim – which is what this is; you can call it whim, star chamber, presidential finding, it doesn’t matter; absent due process this is a political assassination – the president WILL BE COMMITTING MURDER.
If Obama can drone an American without due process, can Obama just send in a sniper with a rifle, a Secret Service agent with a pistol, a man with an umbrella? Why not?
And make no mistake – this will be Obama’s murder target, not America’s, not the target of our Rule of Law or system of Justice. This will be OBAMA murdering an an American citizen ON HIS WHIM. And anyone who plans this with him will be guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
THIS is TYRANNY.
Is our mainstream media so deep into the tank for Obama that they will ignore this ultimate violation of the rights of American citizens – the right to their own lives, the right not to be murdered by their own government?
Even the ACLU, with whom I rarely agree, agrees this is illegal. The below is on their website this morning (6 March 2013):
The targeted killing program operates with virtually no oversight outside the executive branch, and essential details about the program remain secret, including what criteria are used to put people on CIA and military kill lists or how much evidence is required.
Outside of armed conflict zones, the Constitution and international law prohibit the use of lethal force unless it is a last resort against a concrete, specific and imminent threat of grave harm. Even in the context of an armed conflict against an armed group, the government may use lethal force only against individuals who are directly participating in hostilities against the U. S. …. These are not the standards that the executive branch is using.
The U.S. continues to carry out illegal targeted killings in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere [and now, according to Holder, may do so within the United States]. The government must be held to account when it carries out such killings in violation of the Constitution and international law.
What about the logistics of an Obama assassination? On Obama’s orders, who is going to push the button to fire the hellfire, pull the trigger on the rifle or handgun, feed Obama’s murder target some polonium or push the umbrella into his thigh?
If the US military aids in assassinating a US citizen on American soil, they will be in violation of both Posse Comitatus AND the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). Posse Comitatus provides that any domestic use of the Armed Forces under either Title 10/Active Duty or Title 10/Reserves at the direction of the President will offend the Constitutional Law also known as Public Law prohibiting such action unless declared by the President of the United States and approved by Congress; UCMJ makes it illegal to obey an illegal order (as does the “Fighting Mans’ Code of Conduct” of the United States Military).
If CIA is used, they will be in violation of their charter, which expressly denies the spies any domestic police powers.
If ANY police or sheriff’s department acts on it they will be allowing the federal government to order them to commit murder on their citizens within their jurisdiction AND will be in violation of the 14th Amendment.
Whom does that leave? Does the Federal Bureau of Investigation become the Federal Bureau of Assassination?
Does Obama hire (and Congress agree to fund) an Assassination Czar?
Does Obama hire a paladin to do his bidding – and does Congress fund the bastard?
Oh, yeah – and Pelosi evidently is saying not only does POTUS have the power to assassinate an American citizen without Constitutionally-required Due Process (though one somehow doubts she would feel the same with a GOP president), he can keep it secret when he murders Americans.
Josef Stalin had NOTHING on Obama and his group of thugs. Assassinating those with whom he disagrees. Toppling foreign nations and expanding a murderous ideology.
I guess Obama has been reading the new Russian textbook, A History of Russia, 1900-1945, in which it is written, “Stalin acted ‘entirely rationally’ in executing and imprisoning millions of people in the Gulags.”
I think this leaves Americans with three fundamental questions:
- At what point does the Congress put its oath to the Constitution first and impeach these men – first Holder and then, if he doesn’t get the hint, Obama?
- At what point does Congress simply de-fund the president’s murder plan so he CANNOT take these actions?
- AT WHAT POINT does the frigging US MILITARY STAND UP AND DO THEIR JOB OF DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION from this DOMESTIC ENEMY, from the man who would be emperor?
.. .and a fourth: If the branches of government tasked with ensuring adherence to the Constitution, the defense of the Constitution, and requiring adherence to our Constitutional Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law refuse to do their jobs, at what point do We the People become responsible for OUR GOVERNMENT?
Millions of American veterans have taken the same oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, [to] bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” An oath has no expiration date.
AT WHAT POINT?!?!