Monday, 21 April 2014

Court orders release of secret US drone killing documents




Today, a federal appeals court ordered the official release of a Department of Justice memorandum justifying the 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki. The strike was the first targeted drone killing of a US citizen, made independent of the courts system and without due process, so the memorandum stands as the only legal justification for the killing. Many worry that standard sets a troubling precedent as the US drone program expands. The new documents are expected to shed more light on the case.
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