The Obama administration is not in favor of drone strikes on U.S. soil except in the event of "an extraordinary circumstance."
A strange thing happened on Tuesday. Just a few hours after an airline pilot spotted an unidentified "drone" hovering a few miles from JFK airport, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that drones strikes on United States soil were not out of the question. Coincidence? We think so.
Let's cut through the sensationalism straight away. The Obama administration is not in favor of drone strikes on U.S. soil. In fact, it's downright opposed to the idea except in the event of "an extraordinary circumstance" like Pearl Harbor or September 11. Read Holder's letter to Senator Rand Paul explaining the administration's stance in full if you don't believe us. Sen. Paul responded accordingly and said that the administration's position on the matter was "more than frightening." From a sober point of view, though, can you imagine what the government wouldn't do to avoid the next 9/11? That contingency is just as frightening as the idea of another catastrophic attack.