Banks quoted in Bloomberg article
Professor William Banks was quoted in "Obama Faces Bipartisan Pressure on Drone Big Brother Fear,"
concerning a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to Republican
Senator Rand Paul, a statement saying the president doesn’t have power
to carry out such a secretive drone program killing on "an American not
engaged in combat on American soil." Banks argues the the law is clear
that officials can use lethal force only when other steps aren’t
feasible. In the case of someone who isn’t engaged in combat, Banks
says, "they’re not an imminent threat to Americans or others on U.S.
soil, so you continue surveillance or you attempt a law- enforcement