Holder Justifies al-Awlaki Killing

In a speech at Northwestern University on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder gave the Obama administration’s rationale for the attack last year in Yemen that killed American-born Anwar al-Awlaki. Splitting hairs over the difference between “due process” and “judicial process,” Holder said the president is empowered by the Constitution to order the violent elimination of citizens abroad who are believed to pose an “imminent threat of violent attack” to the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union has been outraged by the attack and Holder’s justification, and said Monday: “Anyone willing to trust President Obama with the power to secretly declare an American citizen an enemy of the state and order his extrajudicial killing should ask whether they would be willing to trust the next president with that dangerous power.”