Jonathon Turley writing for Foreign Policy reports on a presentation by Eric Holder defending the claim the President has the authority to kill any US citizen he considers a threat.
On Monday, March 5, Northwestern University School of Law was the location of an extraordinary scene for a free nation. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder presented President Barack Obama's claim that he has the authority to kill any U.S. citizen he considers a threat. It served as a retroactive justification for the slaying of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki last September by a drone strike in northeastern Yemen, as well as the targeted killings of at least two other Americans during Obama's term.
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If you are one of those smart enough to find your way to this blog you are probably smart enough to know this is a bad idea on several levels. Holder is invoking the ancient principle of "Inter arma enim silent lex" or "In time of War the Law is silent." This was a bad idea when Cicero stole it from Thucydides and it is still a bad idea now.
My response to any President claiming this power is, "Ave Imperator. Potes meos suaviari culus!" For you that don't understand Latin that means, "Hail the Emperor. You can kiss my ass!"