By Adam SerwerMon Mar. 5, 2012
On Monday, the Obama administration explained when it's allowed to kill you.
Speaking to students and faculty at Northwestern University law
school, Attorney General Eric Holder laid out in greater detail than
ever before the legal theory behind the administration's belief that it
can kill American citizens suspected of terrorism without charge or
trial. In the 5,000-word speech, the nation's top law enforcement
official directly confronted critics who allege that the targeted
killing of American citizens violates the Constitution.
"'Due process' and 'judicial process' are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security." Holder said. "The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process."
Who decides when an American citizen has had enough due process and the Hellfire missile fairy pays them a visit? Presumably the group of top national security officials—that, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, decides who is targetable and forwards its findings to the president, who gives final approval.