It took a thirteen hour filibuster and turning up the heat to get the administration to publicly say the President does not have authority to ues drones to kill Americans not engaged in combat on American soil. Here is the letter Eric Holder wrote today:
Now, that wasn't so hard was it?
The Attorney General
March 7, 2013
The Honorable Rand Paul United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Paul:
It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: "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.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.