Banks quoted in Bloomberg article

Banks, WilliamProfessor 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 arrest." 03/07/13