"Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?"

from Eric Holder (Ft. Senator Rand Paul) – Letter to Rand Paul, 3/7/2013 on Rap Genius

Meaning

Two leading figures within the Obama administration now insist that the president of the United States does not have the authority to launch drone strikes on US soil.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) received a response from the Obama administration on Thursday afternoon after spending 13 hours demanding answers about the possible use of drones inside of the United States.

During a briefing Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “The president has not and would not use drone strikes against American citizens on American soil.”

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