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Carney: Obama won't use drones against Americans in U.S. 07 Mar 2013 President Barack Obama would not use a drone to kill an American on U.S. soil, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday, responding to Sen. Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster a day earlier on the Senate floor. "The president has not and would not use drone strikes against American citizens on American soil," Carney said at a press briefing. Carney said Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul Thursday clarifying the administration's stance on the issue, which generated considerable controversy on Twitter Wednesday as Paul's filibuster unfolded. "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?...The answer to that question is no," Carney said, quoting Holder's letter. On Monday, Holder sent Paul another letter that was a bit less categorical.