DOJ Releases Memo Justifying Drone Strike On U.S. Citizen
The secret memo containing the legal justification for the drone strike on U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was made public Monday.By Matt Picht | June 23, 2014
A federal court has released the secret Justice Department memo that the U.S. government says justifies drone strikes against American citizens.
"What the memo says is that, it's true, there is a law that makes it illegal to kill an American citizen overseas. But the memo says there is a public safety justification exception to that." (Via MSNBC)
The heavily-redacted 41-page document concerns the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S. citizen who was allegedly a senior al-Qaeda official linked to several terrorist attacks. Awlaki was killed in 2011 in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike. (Via CNN)