The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is strongly objecting to a speech given Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at Northwestern University’s law school, during which he offered a public acknowledgement that the Obama Administration believes it has the right to kill U.S. citizens anywhere in the world without judicial review.
Speaking to Raw Story on Monday night, Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s national Security Project, said that Holder’s explanation “raises profound legal and moral questions,” and poses a grave threat to American liberties should a future president decide to seize upon the precedent for more nefarious purposes.
So far, only three American citizens have been killed by targeted drone strikes overseas, and in each instance the Administration insisted they were participating in terrorist activities and therefore were enemy combatants. Speaking to law students Monday night, Holder insisted that Congress gave the executive branch blanket authority to safeguard national security in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — meaning they have the right to do as they see fit, with nobody to second guess them. ...read more