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Barack Obama 'has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil' 06 Mar 2013 President Barack Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, his attorney general has said. Eric Holder argued that using lethal military force against an American in his home country would be legal and justified in an "extraordinary circumstance" comparable to the September 11 terrorist attacks. "The president could conceivably have no choice but to authorise the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland," Mr Holder said. The administration claims it has the legal authority to assassinate Americans provided that they are a senior 'al-Qaeda' operative posing an imminent threat and it would be "infeasible" to capture them.