So FBI Director Mueller isn’t sure if it’s illegal to assassinate Americans citizens anywhere in the country, based on the whims of the Obama Administration? Tell me they aren’t Stalinists.
Pressed by House lawmakers about a recent speech in which Holder described the legal justification for assassination, Mueller, who was attending a hearing on his agency’s budget, did not say without qualification that the three criteria could not be applied inside the U.S.
“I have to go back. Uh, I’m not certain whether that was addressed or not,” Mueller said when asked by Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., about a distinction between domestic and foreign targeting
Yoder followed up asking whether “from a historical perspective,” the federal government has “the ability to kill a U.S. citizen on United States soil or just overseas.”
“I’m going to defer that to others in the Department of Justice,” Mueller replied.
Indeed, Holder’s Monday speech at Northwestern University seemed to leave the door open. While Holder speaks of Americans who lead al Qaeda overseas, the implications of the speech seem broad.
“First, the U.S. government has determined, after a thorough and careful review, that the individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States; second, capture is not feasible; and third, the operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war principles,” Holder said.
In other words, the Administration can claim, without any legal review, hearing, or trial, that a U.S. citizen is a threat, and then murder him with military-grade weapons between an assassin’s dagger and a JDAM through his or her bedroom window.
How can this be interpreted as anything other than a policy of extrajudicial assassination? Where are the checks and balances? The oversight? Justice? That apparently won’t matter any more under soviet rule, where the secret police can end your life with no warning at all.
What do you expect from a regime that thinks it can unilaterally declare war without Congressional consent.
Prepare for war.