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A memo from the Justice Dept. lays out the legal case for drone strikes on Americans.

From Michael Isikoff, NBC News

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

“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,” the memo states.

Instead, it says,  an “informed, high-level” official of the U.S. government may determine that the targeted American  has been “recently” involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack and “there is  no evidence suggesting that he has renounced or abandoned such activities.” The memo does not define “recently” or “activities.”

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans

The entire memo can be downloaded at

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf

Also, 11 senators (8 Democrats and 3 Republicans) demand access to secret legal memos on targeted killing of U.S. citizens.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senators-demand-secret-memos-on-targeted-killing/2013/02/04/be3d1652-6f16-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html



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