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Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans
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Quote:By Michael Isikoff
National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan.

Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.


The secrecy surrounding such strikes is fast emerging as a central issue in this week’s hearing of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, a key architect of the drone campaign, to be CIA director.

Brennan was the first administration official to publicly acknowledge drone strikes in a speech last year, calling them “consistent with the inherent right of self-defense.”

In a separate talk at the Northwestern University Law School in March, Attorney General Eric Holder specifically endorsed the constitutionality of targeted killings of Americans, saying they could be justified if government officials determine the target poses “an imminent threat of violent attack.”

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/201...icans?lite
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Attorney General Eric Holder specifically endorsed the constitutionality of targeted killings of Americans, saying they could be justified if government officials determine the target poses “an imminent threat of violent attack.”

So he can scratch the 5th Amendment off the list too! " ... nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..."


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Human-rights advocates were floored on Monday night when NBC News published the details of an alarming Justice Department memo detailing the protocol for sending drones after United States citizens. It's not as if they hadn't suspected that the Obama administration's top-secret drone attack protocol contained some unsavory details. They just didn't expect them to be so frightfully broad. The scoop by Michael Isikoff is actually startling not for the details but rather for the lack of details. It's very vague about a decision-making process that puts American lives on the line. Put simply, the government believes that a lethal drone attack against an American citizen is justified if the targets are a) "senior operational leaders" of al Qaeda or b) "an associated force."

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/...ans/61794/
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I think 2008 Barack Obama was replaced by the C.O.B.R.A. operative Zartan shortly after winning the election. It all makes sense now.
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TERRORIST Water boarding = Bad

CITIZEN Dead by Drone = Good

Media and ACLU just fine
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How much you wanna bet "associated groups" means "right wing tea party extremists" and "oath keepers" and "bitter gun & bible clingers"?
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Hypocrisy: Obama Outraged By Waterboarding Foreign Terrorists, Thinks Assassinating Americans With No Due Process Is Fine…



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Ten*K;75665 Wrote:I think 2008 Barack Obama was replaced by the C.O.B.R.A. operative Zartan shortly after winning the election. It all makes sense now.

And we didn't even get "Cold Slither".....
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If Napolitano said these people are terrorists: "A typical woman terrorist would be in her late 20s or early 30s, with brunette hair, stylish clothing, high heels and a shoulder bag, and Caucasian. A man? About the same age, short hair, wearing a shirt and slacks and familiar with technology, as he’s wearing an earpiece cellphone and Caucasian", and veterans! Pretty sure that they make the, so called associated groups.
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Brought to you by the war on terror. Who what have thought the patriot act, DHS, and drones would lead to this?Rolleyes



Anyone surprised?

...No seriously....anyone surprised??
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