|US Attorney General Eric Holder and the Drone - Imminent Threat - cartoon by John Cole|
The U.S. boldly claims and "explains" that extrajudicial assassinations are legal!
Words of Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the U.S., selected by president Barak Hussein Obama:
In his speech at at Northwestern University, Chicago, Mr Holder elaborated on the question of when the US could exert its "inherent right of national self-defense" by assassinating individuals."Some have argued that the President is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. “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."
Under international law, an "imminent threat" represents the earliest point at which a country has the right to use such force.
Again in Holder's words:
So let America not complain like a spoiled child if Russia kills a Chechen in Denmark, Russia terminates an Uighur in Pakistan..."The evaluation of whether an individual presents an 'imminent threat' incorporates considerations of the relevant window of opportunity to act, the possible harm that missing the window would cause to civilians, and the likelihood of heading off future disastrous attacks against the United States."
... or if their own people are at the receiving end of such "justice"!
What about an Iranian drone popping a few people preparing an "imminent threat" in Arlington, VA, still kosher?
Arguably Mr Holder is building a case to make himself, his boss and his buddies legitimate targets!
|Drone over the Pentagon: a simple vice-versa on the Attorney General's logic and the entire US administration are legit targets!|