That's the shorter version of an official letter Attorney General Eric Holder sent to Senator Rand Paul this week. The letter came as a response to Sen. Paul, who wanted the Administration's position on using drone strikes against U.S. Citizens on American soil. Last month, Rand Paul threatened to filibuster Obama's pick for CIA director, John Brennan, if he did not receive an answer on the drones question.
According to the letter, Eric Holder says the Administration rejects “the use of military force” where law-enforcement authorities are already present, but it's possible “to imagine an extraordinary circumstance” in which the President could use drones against citizens right here at home.
So, in the past two months, we've gotten the so-called legal reasoning for drone strikes in foreign countries, and the Administration's justification for taking out American citizens overseas. Now Eric Holder says it's “appropriate under the Constitution” for Obama to use drones within our borders. I guess the only question left is what “extraordinary circumstance” will the President use to justify the first in-country drone strike when it happens.