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US justifying killing any American citizens accused of terrorism. Wow not even in Banana Republic!
*-Published on Mar 7, 2012
US authorities have the green light to kill American citizens abroad who are suspected of terrorism according to US Attorney General Eric Holder.
In a speech on Monday to law students the US's top attorney said that US citizenship alone and a citizen's right to due process in a court of law are not enough to protect citizens suspected of terrorism.
Holder went on to propose that due process is not the same thing as judicial process a statement that stunned law scholars and students who had always equated the two terms.
To find out what kind of legal sense the Attorney General's speech made we spoke with a man who's made a long career out of speaking truth to power noted civil libertarian and defense attorney Ron Kuby.
It was in September of last year that an American drone strike killed American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who had been on a list of US list of terror suspects to be done away with.
The Obama administration had been relatively quiet about the legal justification for the killing until Monday when Holder held that when the US can't capture terror suspects it must use deadly measures.
Kuby says that the US government probably has some legal recourse for the killing of US citizens without due process of law it simply hasn't been articulated.
Kuby also points out Obama and Holder's records as legal scholars saying they should be better able to explain themselves.
He adds that secret documents that can't be revealed but allegedly give the right to kill American citizens is not good law procedure.
Holder did not say anything on Monday about the legality or lack thereof of drone attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians in Pakistan and the US drone-spying program exposed by Iran late last year