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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:58 PM

Memo justifies drone kills even with patchy intelligence

Source: Reuters

Memo justifies drone kills even with patchy intelligence

WASHINGTON | Tue Feb 5, 2013 1:09pm EST

(Reuters) - The government has authorized the killing of American citizens as part of its controversial drone campaign against al Qaeda even without intelligence that such Americans are actively plotting to attack a U.S. target, according to a Justice Department memo.

The unclassified memo, first obtained by NBC News, argues that drone strikes are justified under American law if a targeted U.S. citizen had "recently" been involved in "activities" posing a possible threat and provided that there is no evidence suggesting the individual "renounced or abandoned" such activities.

The document was disclosed as a bipartisan group of U.S. senators called on the Obama administration to release to Congress "any and all" legal opinions laying out the government's understanding of what legal powers the president has to deliberately kill American citizens.

The senators who signed the letter, including members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the administration's cooperation would "help avoid an unnecessary confrontation that could affect the Senate's consideration of nominees for national security purposes."

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/05/us-usa-drones-idUSBRE9140X120130205

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