Tribesmen examine the rubble of a building in southeastern Yemen where American teenager Abdulrahmen al-Awlaki and six suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike. (Reuters)
When Bush used drones against American citizens that were al-Qaida operatives Leftoids wanted to string him up but when Obama uses the same tactics, it’s OK.
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be â€śsenior operational leadersâ€ť of al-Qaida or â€śan associated forceâ€ť — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administrationâ€™s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.
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"DOJ: Its Legal To Use Drones To Kill Americans"