Attorney General Eric Holder: US Can Kill Citizens in Terror Groups with No Judicial Process

According to Attorney General Eric Holder it’s perfectly fine for the U.S. government to execute its own citizens, with no judicial process, overseas if they are accused of plotting terror attacks against America.

“In this hour of danger, we simply cannot afford to wait until deadly plans are carried out, and we will not,” he said in a speech at Northwestern University’s law school in Chicago.

Anwar al Awlaki, an American born Islamic cleric, and his sixteen year old son were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes in Yemen last September. Civil liberties groups condemned the attacks, while some members of Congress called for a explanation of how the killing of American civilians with no judicial process could be consistent with the U.S. Constitution.

The Fifth Amendment provides that no one can be “deprived of life” without due process of law.  But that due process, Holder said, doesn’t necessarily come from a court.

“Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security.  The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process,” the attorney general said.

Holder said a U.S. citizen can legally be targeted for assassination in a foreign country if that person is “a senior leader of Al-Qaida or associated forces,” and is actively involved in plans to kill Americans.

Any military operation targeting U.S. citizens overseas must be carried out under the law of war.

“The principle of humanity requires us to use weapons that will not inflict unnecessary suffering,” he said.

The ACLU called Holder’s explanation “a defense of the government’s chillingly broad claimed authority to conduct targeted killings of civilians, including American citizens, far from any battlefield without judicial review or public scrutiny.”

“Few things are as dangerous to American liberty as the proposition that the government should be able to kill citizens anywhere in the world on the basis of legal standards and evidence that are never submitted to a court, either before or after the fact,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.

“Anyone willing to trust President Obama with the power to secretly declare an American citizen an enemy of the state and order his extrajudicial killing should ask whether they would be willing to trust the next president with that dangerous power,” she said.

The ACLU is suing the Obama administration, seeking to have documents regarding the targeted killing program made public.

 

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Tea Party summer camp brainwashing kids?

The “Tampa 912 Project” an offshoot of the Tea Party is hosting a week long seminar in Tampa, Florida about our nation’s founding principles. Three of the principles that will be taught to children between the ages of 8 and 12 are “America is good,” “I believe in God,” and “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.”

Organizer Jeff Lukens said of the camp’s purpose “We want to impart to our children what our nation is about, and what they may or may not be told,” and that he was not familiar with public school curriculum, but what he did know is that “they have a lot of political correctness. We are a faithful people, and when you talk about natural law, you have to talk about God. When you take that out of the discussion, you miss the whole thing.”

Some of the activities are as follows:

Children will win candy to use as currency for a store, representing the gold standard. On the second day, the “banker” will issue paper money. Over time, students will realize their paper money buys less and less, while the candies retain their value. “Some of the kids will fall for it,” Lukens said. “Others kids will wise up.”

Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World). Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown, but afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility.

Children will blow bubbles from a single container of soapy solution, and then pop each other’s bubbles with squirt guns in an arrangement that mimics socialism. They are to count how many bubbles they pop. Then they will work with individual bottles of solution and pop their own bubbles. “What they will find out is that you can do a lot more with individual freedom,” Lukens said.

“We’ve had classes for adults,” said Karen Jaroch, who chairs the Tampa 912 Project. “Now we want to introduce a younger generation to economics and history, but in a fun way.”

If successful, Jaroch and Lukens will look to run more sessions, either during the summer or after school resumes and may try to bring its curriculum to public schools during Constitution week in September.

“We definitely teach the Constitution, especially during Constitution Week,” said Linda Cobbe, a school district spokeswoman. She said the district would need to make sure the organization does not have a political agenda, and that they would need to be approved by SERVE, a nonprofit agency that clears volunteers in the schools.

 

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