The Attorney General has written this:
It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.If the Constitution does not stop the president from killing citizens without trial, then the Constitution has no meaning.
This is not a Civil War scenario Holder is outlining, where outright declarations and formal membership is verifiable. This isn't even a case where a paper trail is convincing enough to get a judge's approval. This is the executive branch as judge, jury, and executioner over citizens within our borders.
This news story was on Yahoo! News yesterday, as the 58th-most-important story of the day, behind such news items as Tina Fey in a swimsuit (top five story), Carly Rae Jepsen won't sing for Boy Scouts, and Kelly Clarkson used to own some American Idol record but doesn't anymore. Oh, and Lamar Odom fell asleep. All of these are more important than the total tyranny under which we now live.
(Today all those other news stories are still on Yahoo!, but the domestic drone strike story is gone. Freedom comes and freedom goes, but celebrity lasts forever.)