Memo Sets Out Legality of Killing U.S. Citizens in Drone Strikes

Mike O'Brien

An internal Justice Department document has spelled out why it is lawful for the government to kill U.S. citizens abroad if it thinks they are terrorists plotting to kill fellow Americans. The 16-page memo, which was obtained by NBC News, provides the legal framework behind the Obama administration's deployment of drone strikes against al Qaeda suspects. Two U.S. citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, were killed in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. The document says it is l...
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