Obama’s Memo on Killing Americans Twists ‘Imminent Threat’ Like Bush

Justice Department Memo on Legal Case for Drone Strikes on Americans

 

The confidential document provides the most thorough account yet of why the president thinks extrajudicial drone strikes on citizens are okay.

If you’ve gone ahead and read it, you know the basics. As Charlie Savage and Scott Shane explain, Obama Administration lawyers say killing an American would be lawful if an “informed, high-level official” determined three things:

  1. That the target is a ranking Al-Qaeda figure.
  2. That he or she poses “an imminent threat of violent attack” against America.
  3. That capture is not “feasible.”

That raises a lot of questions. What threshold of evidence, if any, must a high-ranking official meet to determine that someone is Al Qaeda? The burden is apparently less onerous than two witnesses testifying in open court, which the Constitution requires for a treason conviction. But the memo specifies neither an evidential threshold nor a protocol for meeting it. That is troubling.

PLEASE CONTINUE READING THRU LINKS.  THE TOP LINK IS THE DOC ITSELF….

THE LINK BELOW IS TO A COLUMBIA LAW  STUDY ON DRONES AND ITS IMPACT ON CIVILIANS.

http://web.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/human-rights-institute/files/The%20Civilian%20Impact%20of%20Drones.pdf

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