wealthwire.com / by Brianna Panzica / Monday, February 11th, 2013
This week, a white paper from the Justice Department has revealed the government’s justification of killing American citizens with drone strikes if they are suspected terrorists.
According to the white paper, which can be seen here from NBC News:
“As detailed in this white paper, in defined circumstances, a targeted killing of a U.S. citizen who has joined al-Qa’ida or its associated forces would be lawful under U.S. and international law. Targeting a member of an enemy force who poses an imminent threat of violent attack to the United States is not unlawful.”
But the memo goes on to define this, and it turns out the government does not believe it requires much information at all to carry out this assassination:
“The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future.”
Translation: the government can attack U.S. citizens based on its own judgment of whether they could possibly be involved with a terrorist organization.
Thanks to BrotherJohnF