Holder: U.S. can legally kill Americans in terror groups.

Image: United States Department of Justice "Due process and judicial…

Image: United States Department of Justice

“Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process,” the attorney general said. Holder said a U.S. citizen can legally be targeted in a foreign country if that person is “a senior leader of al-Qaida or associated forces,” and is actively involved in planning to kill Americans

The U.S. government is legally justified in killing its own citizens overseas if they are involved in plotting terror attacks against America, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, offering the Obama administration’s most detailed explanation so far of its controversial targeted killing program.

“In this hour of danger, we simply cannot afford to wait until deadly plans are carried out, and we will not,” Holder said in remarks prepared for a speech at Northwestern University’s law school in Chicago.

Read the rest of Pete Williams’ article at MSNBC.

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