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.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?
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.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
President kills without due process
Attorney General Eric Holder explains that due process does not mean judicial process: