Extrajudicial Killings

In an undated Department of Justice White paper entitled “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al Qa’ida or An Associated Force”… discusses why targeted killings would not be a war crime or violate a U.S. executive order banning assassinations:
“A lawful killing in self-defense is not an assassination. In the Department’s view, a lethal operation conducted against a U.S. citizen whose conduct poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States would be a legitimate act of national self-defense that would not violate the assassination ban. Similarly, the use of lethal force, consistent with the laws of war, against an individual who is a legitimate military target would be lawful and would not violate the assassination ban.”

Wikipedia: Targeted Killings – Obama Administration position on combat drones

Wikipedia: Abdulrahman Al-Awalaki

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President Barack Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, his attorney general has said.