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White House discloses limits on drone usage

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:13 a.m. HST, Mar 07, 2013

WASHINGTON » The White House says President Barack Obama does not have the authority to use a drone to kill a U.S. citizen on American soil if the citizen is not engaged in combat.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney says the attorney general made that assertion in a letter to GOP Sen. Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator has held up the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director amid claims that the administration could use drones to target Americans suspected of terrorism.

Carney says Attorney General Eric Holder sent the letter to Paul this afternoon, though the senator's office says it has yet to receive it. Carney says White House officials have also been in touch with Paul's office.

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username_required wrote:
I applaud Sen Paul's effort on this. However, it kind of reminds me of the Dukes of Hazard racing to a different county to escape Boss Hawg's jurisdiction. Except in this case, he's talking about US citizens in the US being immune to a drone strike. Shouldn't the question be about the drone strike, due process, the safety of innocent bystanders, and the acts of the targeted person, rather than the location of a border or his citizenship status?
on March 7,2013 | 11:21AM
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