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Banging on this teakettle again.

So. Attorney General Holder has answered Senator Paul’s question. Here’s a link:

It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer to that question is no.

But what about reconnaissance drones? Does the President have the authority to grab the little x-box controller and plow a reconnaissance drone right into some bastard’s chest? Is that totally out of line? No?

What about an M1A1 flamethrower? Can we strap that mother right onto the President’s back and open up hell on some suspected terrorist-abetter without benefit of trial? I know, a pole-axe: does the President have the authority to fuck-up an American with a poleaxe on American soil? I mean, an American not engaged in combat—until the President goes all proverbial on his backside. Then the fucker’d be in combat, you betcha. In slow motion.

No, no weaponized drones for that purpose. OK, how about this one: an XM25 grenade launcher. That is just one constitutional-looking semi-automatic airburst system, ain’t it? Whaddya think? Does the President have the authority to use one of those on Americans at home? Think of the justice. Think of the message we would send. Surely, if being the city on the hill, the last bastion of freedom and the beacon of democracy means anything, it means that the duly elected President—Our Only President to coin a phrase—can just pull the fucking trigger on a grenade launcher whenever he feels the need.

What the hell is it with drones? Why on earth would anyone feel the need to ask that question, and why in the name of fuck did it take so long to answer?

Here’s a hint: if it’s not legal with one weapon, it’s not legal with a different weapon. If it’s not legal to shoot someone with a pistol, it’s not legal to strap the pistol to a toy helicopter and then fly it over their house and shoot the guy from twenty feet in the air. And if we can order extra-judicial killings with impunity, then the President can just walk up behind someone and garrotte him. Or attach the ends of the garrotte to two toy helicopters and order someone to work the wii. Either way, OK? The issue is not drones. The issue is not drones. The issue is not drones.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,