[Letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to Senator Rand Paul Regarding Presidential Power to Authorize Lethal Force Against a U.S. Citizen on U.S. Soil Without Trial] [open pdf - 213KB]
From the letter: "On February 20, 2013, you wrote to John Brennan requesting additional information concerning the Administration's views about whether 'the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.' As members of this Administration have previously indicated, the U.S. government has not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of doing so. As a policy matter, moreover, we reject the use of military force where well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat. We have a long history of using the criminal justice system to incapacitate individuals located in our country who pose a threat to the United States and its interests abroad. Hundreds of individuals have been arrested and convicted of terrorism-related offenses in our federal courts."
U.S. Senator Rand Paul: http://www.paul.senate.gov/