Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Secret drone kill memo released

2014 06 23
By Zach McAuliffe | Blacklisted News 

The memo used to justify the legal killing of American citizens on foreign soil by drone strikes has finally been released Monday by the Department of Justice after months of legal wrangling and pressure from the ACLU and New York Times.

The legal request for the memo came about after the 2011 deaths of three U.S. citizens in Yemen by drone strikes.

Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were killed in September 2011 while al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman, was killed in October of the same year. All three of those killed were naturalized U.S. citizens or born as such, as stated by the memo, but were also suspected of aiding al-Qaeda.

The Authorization to Use Military Force law, signed days after Sept. 11, 2001, is used largely in defense of the killing of the three without a trial.

The memo states, “the [2001 AUMF] authorizes the military detention of a U.S. citizen captured abroad who is part of an armed force within the scope of the AUMF, it also authorizes the use of ‘necessary and appropriate’ lethal force against a U.S. citizen who has joined such an armed force.”

Therefore, the government seems to believe the status of a person as an enemy combatant supersedes any previously held status by the individual as an American citizen, according to the precedents set within the memo.


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