Remember, almost a year ago, when Judge Napolitano appeared on FOX News discussing the drone program in the United States? Recently, we’ve seen an outcry from Americans across the political spectrum supporting #standwithrand filibuster over the potential that the President would violate the US Constitution and due process by killing non combatant American citizens on US soil.
During the now infamous filibuster, Senator Paul argued that we still have the Fifth Amendment right to a trial and due process-that no one can appoint themselves judge jury and executioner. This in reaction to Eric Holder’s letter stating:
Yes, the president does have the authority to use military force against American citizens on US soil—but only in “an extraordinary circumstance,”
After the 13 hour Rand Paul filibuster Eric Holder answered the 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.
However, the government drone program domestically (and probably abroad) must be thoroughly examined, does it meet the Bill of Rights muster?
In the video below Judge Napolitano discusses if there’s legal authority by the government to use drones to spy on the American people. Can the government fly over your back yard and take pictures of you without a warrant? He points out the unwavering American standard of Constitutional search warrants, in other words, search warrants issued by a Judge. He argues that it’s unacceptable for the any government national or local to violate our Fourth Amendment rights.
The Judge also agrees with Charles Krauthammer that the First Patriot to shoot down one of those drones will be an American Hero.
Shooting down the idea of using drones to violate our Liberty is exactly what Senator Rand Paul and other Senators did on March 6th 2013.