Memo Outlines Justification For Drone Strikes On Citizens
The United States can use lethal force against a U.S. citizen overseas if that person is part of an enemy organization seeking to attack the U.S. The 2011 killing of one such American — al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki — was justified because it was carried out under applicable laws of war. A memo said, “There are few questions more important than the question of when the government has the authority to kill its own citizens.”
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