Kucinich Challenges Potential Extrajudicial Killing of Americans
WASHINGTON - Congressman
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) yesterday wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder
following news reports that Americans have been included on targeted
assassination lists maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). The reports indicate
that the President has authorized military operations with the express
understanding that Americans might be killed under this policy. In the
letter, Kucinich requests the legal basis for revoking the
constitutional rights of any American citizens.
process of law is a fundamental principle in our Constitutional
structure. Even the most superficial reading of Article XIV makes it
clear that extrajudicial killings of U.S. citizens by the U.S.
government or its agents are by definition outside the law,” wrote
government has the right and the obligation to protect the citizens of
this country. However, I reject the notion that we can accomplish this
goal only by violating international law and trampling on the
Constitution. Protecting the constitutional rights of some citizens
should not require revoking the constitutional rights of other
citizens,” said Kucinich in the letter.