March 6, 2012
AG’s targeted killing speech ‘a frightening development’
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Rick Rozoff, the manager of Stop NATO, censures Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech in which he insisted that the U.S. president has a right to order the assassination of U.S. citizens overseas, and called it “a frightening development.”
Rick Rozoff, told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Tuesday that this “further signals the descent into a police state situation in the United States,” which he said is “quite in keeping with the increased military aggression of the United States abroad.”
“We know that in addition to the so-called targeted killings waged by both the Central Intelligence Agency in the case of Pakistan and the U.S. military in the cases of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and evidently the Philippines with drone flights,” Rozoff said, there is a “dramatic and dangerous expansion” of that program all over the world.
“Attorney General Eric Holder…states that the U.S. citizens are entitled to ‘due process’ but not ‘judicial process,’ meaning that there’s no need for a trial, for an interrogation, for the presentation of evidence and so forth before one of these killings is perpetrated,” Rozoff said, concluding that “it’s a very arbitrary and for the most part secretive process.”
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democracynow on Mar 6, 2012
democracynow.org – Using armed drones, President Obama has overseen the targeted killing of at least three U.S. civilians overseas — more than President Bush did in his eight years in office. Are the killings legal? Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, says Attorney General Eric Holder’s defense on Monday of the Obama administration’s policy authorizing the assassination of U.S. citizens abroad “left open more questions than it answered.” She says Holder’s speech amounted to a broad defense of the administration’s claimed expansive authority to kill its own citizens, far from any battlefield and without judicial review or oversight of legal standards. While “Holder acknowledges that the Constitution requires ‘due process’ before the government takes the life of one of its own citizens,” Shamsi argues, “He says it is up to the Executive Branch alone without judicial review to determine what process is due and to make that decision without any oversight — and that’s simply not the case in our constitutional system of checks and balances.” The ACLU is suing the White House to disclose its legal memos that justify targeted killings.
Eric Holder’s Speech
RonPaulFriends2 on Mar 5, 2012