Does the President of the United States Have Power to Kill a Citizen on American Soil?

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The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, wrote a letter to Senator Rand Paul confirming that the President could kill a United States citizen on United States soil. This controversy was started by a simple question asked by Senator Rand Paul in a letter to the Justice Department. Senator Paul asked the Justice Department if the President believed he had authority to kill an American citizen within the United States. Instead of the Justice Department, the Attorney General responded with a hypothetical situation, which simply meant, yes, the President has the authority under the Constitution to kill an American citizen within the Untied States. The checks and balances on a hypothetical situation must be reviewed by the …show more content…
During Senator Paul’s filibuster he said, “I will speak until I can no longer speak” for as long as it takes until the “alarm” was heard from “coast to coast and that our Constitution is important” (RT America, 2013). This inclined the Department of Justice to release their White Paper, legal framer work for the use of drones on Americans, which Luke Johnson wrote, the White Paper “suggests that such decisions would not be subject to judicial review and outlines a broad definition of what constitutes “imminent” threat” (2013). In the Department of Justice White Paper, United States citizens can have their constitutional rights stripped and are not “immunized from a lethal operation” carried out by the United States (2013). This is surprising because the checks and balances enumerated in the Constitution spells out a different set of framework. Can the President invoke his right under the Constitution to protect the American people from an “imminent” threat?
The enumerated power of the President under the Constitution, Article II, says that the President is Commander-in-chief of the armed forces and through the “advice and consent” of Congress, the President can make appointments for government positions. Further enumerated in the Constitution, Article III, to counter the balance the moves the President makes the “supreme Court” has the authority to

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