Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Napolitano on AG Eric Holder’s Speech Outlining the Legal Rationale for ‘Targeted Killing

Napolitano on AG Eric Holder’s Speech Outlining the Legal Rationale for ‘Targeted Killing’: ‘If What He Says Is Accepted Uncritically by Americans, Then We’re Doomed’

Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to speak at Northwestern University Law School on the legality of the targeted killing of Americans overseas. In his speech, he plans to talk about the drone attack on U.S. born Al Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki in Yemen last year. Holder is also expected to reportedly cite the joint congressional resolution passed after the 9/11 attacks authorizing the use of all necessary force to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the U.S.
Earlier on Studio B, Judge Napolitano weighed in saying, “No president since Abraham Lincoln has claimed the power to kill another American, and even Lincoln said he was doing it in a wartime environment when people were shooting at each other and the shooting back was in self-defense.” He continued to say that President Obama is taking the position that he can be judge, jury and executioner without a jury, without a charge, without any of the basic requirements of due process.
Napolitano said Holder’s speech won’t really mean anything because it’s not a legal document, but stressed that what President Obama and Attorney General Holder are doing is not following the Constitution.
Napolitano said if Holder says what he’s planning to say and it is “accepted uncritically by Americans, then we’re doomed. Our freedoms are gone, and the president is no longer president, he’s a king.”

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