Two leading figures within the Obama administration now insist that the president of the United States does not have the authority to launch drone strikes on US soil.
During a briefing Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, "The president has not and would not use drone strikes against American citizens on American soil.”
Attorney General Eric Holder has issued a statement of his own that was sent earlier in the day to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). Sen. Paul spent 13 hours on the floor of the Senate starting the previous morning questioning the president’s drone program and demanded to know whether or not he could use the unmanned aerial vehicles to execute US citizens inside of the country’s borders.
Mr. Holder’s entire statement, only 43 words, confirmed Mr. Carney’s remark.
“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,” wrote the attorney general.
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