The next day, Attorney General Eric Holder responded:
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.
Seems pretty cut and dry, right? Sorry, I don’t see it that way.
Where I get hung up is the phrase “not engaged in combat.” Now we’re going to rely on the administration to define what is, and what is not combat.
But isn’t the whole world a battlefield? What exactly would we classify as an enemy combatant here in the US?
And apparently, crafty wording notwithstanding, this only applies to you if you’re on US soil. American citizen living in Yemen? We’ll drone your ass.
Are you outspoken and critical of your government? Well, if you’re not with us, you’re with them. I guess that makes you an enemy combatant. You’d better put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.
Granted, we’re a far stretch away from that now. But down the road? Who knows.