Attorney General Eric Holder testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Obama Administration’s policy of using drone strikes to kill American citizens without due process.
He was pressed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Texas) as to whether it was constitutional to use a drone to kill an American sitting at a café if they posed no imminent threat. Thankfully, Holder answered “no,” but it didn’t end there.
He then spoke of “extraordinary circumstances” that the president could order a drone strike on an American citizen on American soil.
And while Holder did say that this scenario is “entirely hypothetical” and “unlikely to occur,” he did not rule it out, which is the most telling part. As Lloyd Christmas famously said in Dumb and Dumber, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”
The idea that the president, or any member of an elected government, could order the execution of a citizen without a presentation of charges, an indictment or the ability of the accused to defend themselves is an affront not only to the spirit, but the actual wording of the Constitution, regardless of how “unlikely” it may be.