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February 19, 2013 8:16 AM
Sen. Mike Lee: WH drone policy unconstitutional
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Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) had harsh words for President Barack Obama’s drone policy, saying that there was no legal justification for strikes on U.S. citizens and that the program had the potential for corruption.

Laura asked Lee: “Are you okay then with the US government executing Americans overseas in drone strikes…?”

“Well, I really don’t like the legal justification, because it’s not a legal justification at all.” Lee responded, “There’s no legal analysis. “

When asked whether the program was constitutional, Lee answered, “No, I think it’s fraught with constitutional problems.”

“You use the term execution,” Lee noted, “if what you’re doing is executing American citizen and you’re purporting to justify it just because the person is outside the United States, that’s a problem.”

Lee said it was problematic to allow the executive branch to order the death of citizens without oversight. “One can imagine all kinds of opportunities for corruption in a situation in which you give the President discretion to just say, ‘Take out so-and-so.’”

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