[ Of course the Law of God says otherwise, and in the end the battle will be taken up on this point – between those who believe in the apotheosis of humanity, and the LORD God Almighty… ]
The U.S. government has the right to order the killing of American citizens overseas if they are senior al-Qaeda leaders who pose an imminent terrorist threat and cannot reasonably be captured, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday.
“Any decision to use lethal force against a United States citizen — even one intent on murdering Americans and who has become an operational leader of al-Qaeda in a foreign land — is among the gravest that government leaders can face,” Holder said in a speech at Northwestern University’s law school in Chicago. “The American people can be — and deserve to be — assured that actions taken in their defense are consistent with their values and their laws.”
… Holder emphasized that he would discuss the issue only in the abstract and would not “discuss or confirm any particular program or operation,” according to an advance text of his speech.
… Holder said the president is not required by the Constitution to delay action until some “theoretical end stage of planning — when the precise time, place, and manner of an attack become clear.”