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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:03 PM

 

ACLU: Justice Department White Paper Details Rationale for Targeted Killing of Americans

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"A profoundly disturbing document…hard to believe that it was produced in a democracy built on checks and balances."
http://www.aclu.org/national-security/justice-department-white-paper-details-rationale-targeted-killing-americans


February 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

NEW YORK – A Justice Department white paper argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of American citizens that the government believes are affiliated with a terrorist organization, according to the document posted tonight on NBCNews.com. The white paper summarizes a memo prepared in 2010 by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to justify the targeting of U.S. citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki.

“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,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.

“But this briefing paper is not a substitute for the 50-page legal memo on which it’s based. When the executive branch seeks to give itself the unilateral authority to kill its own citizens, a summary of its argument is no substitute for the argument itself. Among other things, we need to know if the limits the executive purports to impose on its killing authority are as loosely defined as in this summary, because if they are, they ultimately mean little. President Obama rightly released the Bush-era OLC torture memos and he should now hold his own administration to the same standard by releasing its killing memo.”

Tomorrow, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights will file a court brief arguing against the government’s attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging the targeted killing of Al-Awlaki and two other Americans in Yemen in 2011, Al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman and Samir Khan.

(More at the link. Via the NDAA section 1021, we already know the US government is fine with the indefinite detention of US citizens without trial or representation.)

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:53 PM

1. Transparency was promised

What is to stop them from declaring a demonstration as a threat??

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:16 AM

2. I believe they already classify Occupy (at least) as a terrorist threat

 

or as a potential terrorist threat. I posted an article a month ago entitled "Cop strongly implies Occupy presence..." in which a cop appears to parrot what DHS are telling PDs.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:52 AM

3. You can count on me for Rec no. 5

For anything in Occupy underground

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