It can’t happen here? It already has, babe. When the Director of the FBI has to check with his boss to find out whether or not it’s okay to order a hit on a citizen of the United States in the United States, it’s already happened.
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he would have to go back and check with the Department of Justice whether Attorney General Eric Holder’s “three criteria” for the targeted killing of Americans also applied to Americans inside the U.S.
…Holder argued in his remarks that it is “simply not accurate” that the president must get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen terrorist.
“Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process,” he said.
But Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote in Foreign Policy magazine on Wednesday that Holder’s remarks not only would be seen by the framers of the Constitution as “the very definition of authoritarian power,” but were met “not with outcry but muted applause.”
“Holder’s new definition of ‘due process’ was perfectly Orwellian,” Turley wrote. “What Holder is describing is a model of an imperial presidency that would have made Richard Nixon blush. …
“Where due process once resided, Holder offered only an assurance that the president would kill citizens with care. While that certainly relieved any concern that Obama would hunt citizens for sport, Holder offered no assurances on how this power would be used in the future beyond the now all-too-familiar ‘trust us’ approach to civil liberties of this administration.” FBI Director: Have To Check Whether Targeted Killing Rule Is Outside US Only | Fox News.
Holder’s Nazi-like blather is particularly alarming in light of the fact that Obama and his
Reich Homeland Security Department already consider constitutionalists, military veterans, tax protesters, Catholics, conservative bloggers, Ronald McDonald, the Burger King, and most Republicans to be potential threats to national security.
A word to the wise—when you buy your “Anybody But Obama” t-shirt this summer, ask for it in Kevlar.
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