Rand Paul reveals letters from DOJ that say President could authorize drone strikes on US soil

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Earlier today, Glenn said that Rand Paul would be breaking “the biggest story of our lifetime” today. While Senator Paul wasn’t able to reveal the information on radio, TheBlaze staff followed the story and revealed today that Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter to Sen. Paul that the President could authorize a drone strike on an American citizen on U.S. soil.

The letter from Holder read “the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial”.

“This is some of the most frightening stuff I have seen yet from our government,” Glenn said.

Senator Paul has been pursuing this issue for weeks and has written multiple letters to CIA nominee John Brennan and Eric Holder.

“I have to tell you, if this doesn’t wake people up, good luck to you,” Glenn added.

TheBlaze’s Billy Hallowell reported (and has copies of the letters):

In a response dated March 4, 2013, Holder wrote that the U.S. government “has not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of doing so.” The attorney general went on to note that federal officials believe that in areas where there is “well-established law enforcement,” these officials serve as the preferred mode of handling terrorist threats; military options inside U.S. borders are, thus, “rejected.”

“We have a long history of using the criminal justice system to incapacitate individuals located in our country who pose a threat to the United States and its interests abroad,” the letter reads. “Hundreds of individuals have been arrested and convicted of terrorism-related offenses in our federal courts.”

While this would likely set at ease anyone worried about the potential use of drones on U.S. land, Holder doesn’t conclude there. It is the next section of the letter that is the most contentious, as it leaves the door open for potential action in the event of large-scale terror attacks or other monumental disturbances.

“The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no President will ever have to confront,” the letter continues. “It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”

Holder said that the president could be faced with such a situation (“to authorize the military to use such force”) if the need to protect the nation arose during an attack similar to Pearl Harbor or 9/11.

“Were such an emergency to arise, I would examine the particular facts and circumstances before advising the President on the scope of his authority,” he concludes.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure a drone is going to hit my apartment pretty soon.  I am armed with “dangerous” Conservative literature and I’m well known in my little town for being a pro-Israel zealot and an anti-Communist, anti-Obama maniac.  I don’t think the collective is going to like me.  Someone is going to tell on me pretty soon and…drone strike!  I’d rather the missile take me out before I get put in one of those internment camps though.  

    • sparducks

       Yeah I’ve been reading your posts. Don’t get to close to me. You have dangerous ideas of liberty and rule of law. What’s wrong with you? Take the blue pill and slip into bliss.

      • Anonymous

        Will you take the blue pill with me?

        • Anonymous

           let our leaders set the example take this blue pill first !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • sparducks

           I tried but my body expelled it. I think I’m allergic.

          • Anonymous

            Lol you rule.

    • Anonymous

      Petty soon you to have watch out for phony government insects that will try to monitor every word you speak inside or outside ,or maybe clinging to your cloths if your too much of a outspoken person against the phoney savior it may inject a lethal dose ?????????????????????????

      • Anonymous

        I just swatted one of those away then the whole colony attacked me. Stay away I’m infected.

        • Anonymous

           keep your head up and be aware of everything around you !!!!!!!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Hey, Bert, thanks for “INJECTING’ a little humor in these threads. It’s the only thing, sometimes, that keeps us going amid a sea of bad news and threatening storms on the horizon.

  • Anonymous

    “NDAA, NDRP, DHS bought 2 BILLION rounds of ammo, FEMA camps, DHS bought 7000 personal assault weapons, 2700 armored personal carriers , 30,000 drones in the sky is the goal, DHS also bought paper targets of white pregnant women, children, old men and women that said “NO HESITATION” to shoot.Why the push to disarm us ASAP?? Hmm, I think I know. TYRANNY IS HERE FOLKS.” 


    • Anonymous

       Question all this ammo government brought is just rounds use by military,police,TSA, Homeland Security,F.B.I ?? Or is all type ammunition’s use by hunters 270,240, etc and ammo use against large prey like Bear,elk,moose so all guns be completely useless with  no ammo !!! ??,Or government just putting so much pressure on ammo manufacturers to  make military and police rounds ,they cannot  take the time or have the gun powder to make rounds for citizen defense,hunting,target practice,blinking etc ????? Is the government doing this on purpose ??????????????????

      • Anonymous

        Bill O’Reilly used the term SABOTAGE tonight to describe what’s the primary M.O. and goal of the current Powers-That-Be: SABOTAGE OF AMERICA, to get what they want: a far-Left (read: SOCIALIST/COMMIE) regime/society.

        Take a look at HUGO CHAVEZ and the $2 BILLION he/family had at death: WHO is it that “benefits” from a Socialist/Commie regime? It ain’t the folks!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJC3WVGONAYPM33D357NRJ5MCQ Verrater

           Bill O’reilly is part of the problem, he’s a prostitute for big government.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, go away. Bill O’Reilly is one of the FEW that we can trust–and admire.

            What have YOU done for your country lately–other than vote for jerks who turn loose criminals on a vulnerable population.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BVWTEJME2UNRY4VINJMQSQXLUA Rick H

             Prostitute for big government? You’re nuts. He’s not my favorite but he sure as hell is NOT that either. Try watching before you make ignorant comments.

        • http://www.facebook.com/patrickdeclan.oshea Patrick Declan O’Shea

           what utter rubbish.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, exactly:  Socialism/Communism IS “utter rubbish.”
            Glad you realize it!

    • Anonymous

      Glad someone is paying attention.

      We all need to help lift awareness of those who are still asleep… ESPECIALLY THOSE IN CONGRESS.

      • Anonymous

        What give in our country our U.S Attorney was trying to get a big trial in New York City for foreign terrorist who kill U.S citizens and planning more deadly attacks in U.S ,so he have his day in court and due process and the right to face his accusers,But with U.S citizens we just terminate them with a drone !!???

        • Anonymous

          Yeah. Absurd, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    It will be open season on U.S citizens with no warrants,courts or congress oversight with citizens that disagree with the dictator obama or not in lock step with his policy or have different opinions ,or have a too loud of a voice in opposition to him !!!!!! P.S these predator drone be use to pin point location or when you alone for assassination make like a robbery  gone bad and in the very near  future it be a stealth drone attack ,instead a hellfire missile too much attention getter on what going on !  Instead just using these insect size drone use to monitor you while you out side or sneak into house to monitor you, They will be dispatch from government vehicles or predator drone to inject a substance that will cause a fatal heart attack with no trace ,no witness and no evidence left on the scene to keep U.S population completely in dark on what going on !!!Which will be obama & progressive party hideous evil agenda to grab complete power and control to  hold for it ever  by quickly silence  any spark of alarm of opposition !!!! Hey they already falsely label Tea Party as terrorists,Republicans and NRA are enemies of our country

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm… sounds like we all might need some of those Dennis Miller fly-swatters and bug-spray.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe you need to created a new type of insect repellant  ,for these new type of government bugs ,maybe aluminum foil shielded room once they inside they might lose their  link to the collective hive and queen woman like man bee and become in active you able to swash the intruder !!  Or have some rough running electric motors like vacuum,blenders,air popcorn ,micro-wave to created electronic snow to disrupt signals to the drone ,or some type of jamming device !!! If your a really good computer hacker maybe after you capture one of these drone send this drone back to the original sender with your own deadly regards !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do un to others as they do to you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jen

    Kudos to Rand Paul for being the only politician to be pursuing this issue, and relentlessly at that.  Drones in the US are very scary indeed – and Americans need to stop this is a great country bec that is now history.  Bush brought on Obama, who then followed and escalated Bush’s policies.  Technology can also be used against humanity or to other side – and only freedom lovers will understand that when drone tech and patriot act was developed under Bush.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t give any President  this un check  power with no oversights from congress,courts,citizens that over ride  our right to a trail and dew process and to face our accusers !!!!  I don’t care he is  Republican ,Democrat whatever ,this un check power will lead to the destruction of  our constitution rights and freedoms and our form of government if a can assassinate anyone at his whim who oppose him in congress or judges in the courts ,in the media with no oversight at all need not to answer to no one !!!  Wake up People !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    There is nothing to stop a sitting President from blatant  misuse of this government power of deadly drone attack by executive order for political gain and to silence any opposition !!   With no over sights or checks & balance from different branches of government in use of this deadly power against U.S citizens.. The thing that  is the most troublesome he can pull off this assassinations of U.S citizens and no one would know they were a government hits just let the people think they drop dead from natural causes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Now is the time pass laws how use these new technology or what we can image to come which may be in future with rapidly developing technology when concern U.S citizens and that it don’t encroach on present status of citizens of their rights and freedoms and their invasion of privacy to keep them intact to same status of the past from the advancing technology world   !!!

  • Anonymous

    A scary “THEN AND NOW” summary (comparing things right before the LAST “bubble bursting” and NOW):

    Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
    Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
    GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
    Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
    Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
    Size of Fed’s Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
    US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then ~38%; Now 74.2%
    US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
    Total US Debt Oustanding: Then $9.008 trillion; Now $16.43 trillion
    US Household Debt: Then $13.5 trillion; Now 12.87 trillion
    Labor Force Particpation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%
    Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
    S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
    VIX: Then 17.5%; Now 14%
    10 Year Treasury Yield: Then 4.64%; Now 1.89%
    EURUSD: Then 1.4145; Now 1.3050
    Gold: Then $748; Now $1583
    NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares


  • ken.

    they coming for us zombie libertarians and conservatives.

  • Anonymous

    Almost anything be possible with these drones using the new nano technology !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  • jason

    please come put your show on comcast!!!!! i feel so alone since i havent been able to watch your show

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1338755977 Bernard Slobodnik

    I am not the biggest Rand Paul fan. He voted for Chuck Hagel to be appointed Secretary of Defense. I do like what Glenn Beck is saying but I wouldn’t quote Rand Paul.

  • Jim Brown

    Holder statement goes a lot further than just the use of drones.  In his opinion, the president can order the “military to use lethal force” this is far beyond just the use of drones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Lee/507767258 Bill Lee

    With Obama’s temper they are giving him enough rope to hang himself. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.coran Judith Coran

    The CBS morning news had a story about abusive violent police officers.  Is the Federal Government going to declare the locals incompetent .  I feel like I am living in a bad scyfi movie

  • http://theinnerhavenblog.wordpress.com/ Haven

    So the NDAA is indeed very disturbing.  I agree that is def a significant change in current policy.  But for a moment lets pretend that a Pearl Harbor type event did occur again on U.S. soil.  You are saying that if the U.S. was truly and legitimately under attack that the President shouldn’t have the power to fight back?  I am not for the NDAA, I am not for executing any citizen in any manner with out due process but saying the President cant use military force in times of true need?  Not sure i agree with that…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lenore.youngblood Lenore Youngblood

    SCARY STUFF!!!  Why is Holder allowing this to continue?  He is supposed to be Attorney General working for Justice Dept.  Seems he is working for White House……definitely conflict of LAW ENFORCEMENT!!  I thought the CONSTITUTIOIN said we have 3 branches of Government to monitor each other…….Why is Dept of Justice working for White House?????  Where is FBI, Homeland Security (JOKE), Etc.?????   US Constitution should not allow the President to strike any US Citizen on US Soil without proper investigation & due diligence by the DOJ & Congress…..am I wrong or crazy?  When we have a President like Obama who is thin skinned, narcissistic, petulant child in charge of this….he can literally push the button and KILL ANYONE AT ANYTIME……..Did Congress agree to this???  The American People are at risk by their own Government & Obama is taking away our 2nd Amendment rights & scaling back on the Military & these little Budget cuts are at his discretion and he aims them at what hurts the American People the most, because he didn’t get his way in spending more & more of our tax &&&&………SCARY CRAZY!!!!?????  Who, How, What, When did this become REAL & HOW DO WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STOP THIS????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/June-Whelan/1509289903 June Whelan

    Not only is this the worse president that we have ever had but no one seems to be able to stop anything that he does.  What is our Congress good for if all that they do is talk.  I thought only Congress could make laws!!!  The President is rich.  If he wants rich to give up their money, he should lead and be the first to start sharing his wealth.  For those of us poor, he is only hurting us by raising food prices, gas prices, utilities, plus everything else that we have to buy. The poor, the middle class and all seniors should WAKE UP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marian.scirrotto Marian Scirrotto

    I am so ashamed of this administration, My kids and Grandkids will never what what this country was before this Idiot took office.
    Not to get off subject, However this is also very important. Oscambag wants our kids to have more PE, That’s fine … However, something must be removed from the curriculum to make the extra time available. Oscumbag has strongly recommended that American Civics be removed from the curriculum.
    This man wants our kids NOT to know about American History, Clearly he wants them to think that current Country is acceptable and normal. I have no doubt that history will wiped from the internet just as Stalin burned books. Our generation is a threat to this government. This Big Brother, 1984 has come to reality and those of us who defend our Constitution and our God giving rights are the ENEMY  and subject to being labeled as such.
    Drones, FEMA camps, Death Panels , Are all VERY REAL now. Our own Children will turn us in , our school are teaching our kids that what is going on in this country is Good and Osumbag is the savior of this country.
    During the Election, My grandkids were coming home from school, telling us, To vote for him and what a great person he is. I was disgusted and had to re-educate, which actually caused fights in class.

    Never in my life have I been so afraid of tomorrow !

  • Anonymous

    Now, given this information, have we all heard of the 102,00 boxcars outfitted with shackles and guillotines purchased by FEMA?  What possible reason could the US Government have for these things if not for use against their own citizenry?  See the article at http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/10/22/fema-ordered-102000-boxcars-with-shackles/

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!  It’s high time to take our country back….

  • MarsBarsTru7

    It’s about population control.

    #1 Deplete the population. It doesn’t matter how. They just want to reduce the population to what they deem a manageable number, made up of their genetic favorites.
    #2 Eliminate religion. Religion creates absolute morals. Absolute morals get in the way of their pursuit of “progress”.
    #3 Integrate control-technology into the population to prevent any future uprisings.
    #4 Achieve immortality through scientific/technological means.

    That’s their game. Don’t believe me? Check Stanford University’s website for information about cybernetic development. Check MIT for development of cybernetics and biological enhancement. Check any one of the websites for the major university technology programs in this country and what their professors are saying. Check the discussions of the “ethics” of eugenics and deliberate biological development. Check out how these same people are discussing the relevancy of “ethics” at all in terms of scientific research.

    The U.S. university system is cultivating the human monsters of tomorrow. And many are already out in the world working primarily for our government.

  • Anonymous

    Since there are no zombies walkin’ around, and the article suggests that our military can be ordered by the president ( without congressional authority) to strike US citizens with drones (or other military power) there is certainly reason to be worried.  Connecting the dots….

    • ken.

      the term zombie is code for patriotic americans who believe in the constitution and the vision of the founding fathers.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher

    They don’t care about the people. All they want is the power
    to be judge jury and executioner all in one. We let King Gorge rule over us again
    and worst part is the majority of the voters voted this king in. they now have
    the power to hunt us down and kill us and most on the left can care less about
    it. There are few from Obama side like Bob Beckel for one that sees this as an overreach
    of the Constitution. Bob freaken Beckel for God sakes! What the hell is wrong
    with you blind Obama worshipers can’t you see the unconstitutionality of executing
    Americans without a trail or even a cause because we all know about the report
    from the department of Homeland security that tried to paint anyone on the
    right as terrorist. How long are you liberals going to back this idiot before or
    after the he places anyone he disagrees with in death camps. This cannot stand
    and is unconstitutional. If you liberals are fine with this move to North Korea
    and see where these types of B.S. leads or try the holocaust museum. 

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher
  • Anonymous

    Since when do PRESIDENTS dictate the curriculum in local schools?

    Will somebody please TEACH that -0- guy about his “JOB DESCRIPTION” and leave the American people and the schooling of their children alone.

  • Anonymous

     “Glenn said that Rand Paul would be breaking “the biggest story of our lifetime” today…”

    Yeah, at least once a month Beck and Hannity have a story they claim will be a “BOMBSHELL!” 

    blah, blah, blah….

  • Bonnie Somer


  • Guest

    Watch Glenn Beck desecrate the flag and make tons of money from his ignorance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.plummer1 Kimberly NinerFan Jackson

    WOW… nice fear mongering Beck. That is NOT what the letter said.. Please folks do your own research.. This did not happen. geeeshhh.. The actual letter is all over the internet… it says just the opposite.

  • Anonymous

    Let the tin foil types start frothing in 10…9…8…

  • Guest

    Contents of said letter:

    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.


    Eric H. Holder, Jr.

    Can you stop pretending that Glenn Beck is anything more than a deceitful propagandist now?

    Probably not.

  • Anonymous

    this is idiotic. this party has gone to shit

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