Wednesday, February 06, 2013

‘Kill List’ Document Outlines When US Can Target Its Own Citizens in Drone Strikes

‘Without saying so explicitly, the government claims the authority to kill American terrorism suspects in secret.’

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- Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams, February 5, 2013
 
A “profoundly disturbing” Justice Department document—with “chilling” parallels to the Bush torture memos—obtained by NBC News outlines when the U.S. can put its own citizens on a “kill list” to be targeted in drone strikes.



“This is a profoundly disturbing document, and it’s hard to believe that it was produced in a democracy built on a system of checks and balances. It summarizes in cold legal terms a stunning overreach of executive authority – the claimed power to declare Americans a threat and kill them far from a recognized battlefield and without any judicial involvement before or after the fact,” Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, said in a statement.

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