Saturday, March 10, 2012

President kills without due process

Attorney General Eric Holder explains that due process does not mean judicial process:
An American-born Islamic cleric, Anwar al Awlaki, was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen in late September. Some civil liberties groups condemned the attack. Others, including members of Congress, called for a more complete explanation of how such a targeted killing of an American civilian was 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.
Okay, I guess that I can live with ignoring due process if the President says that sending a drone to kill an American citizen is important for national security. But why don't we have constitutional due process with CPS and the family court?

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