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Obama Administration Reportedly Authorizes Targeted Killing Of U.S. Citizen

More Information Needed On Legal Standards For Targeting Americans, Says ACLU

NEW YORK - According
to news reports today, the Obama administration has approved the
targeted killing of Anwar al-Alwaki, a United States citizen who is
believed to be located in Yemen, far from any active hostilities. The
American Civil Liberties Union called on the government to make more
details about the targeted killing program available to the public. The
American Civil Liberties Union called on the government to make more
details about the targeted killing program available to the public.

The following can be attributed to Jonathan Manes, legal fellow with the ACLU National Security Project:

"Today's report raises serious
questions about the legal standards that govern targeted killings. The
American public deserves to know what standard the government uses and
how much evidence is required when it decides, in the name of
self-defense or otherwise, to place U.S. citizens on a kill list. In
order to assess the moral, legal and strategic implications of the
program, the public also needs information about how the program is
overseen and what its consequences are in terms of civilian
casualties." 

In March, the ACLU filed a Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit demanding that the government
disclose the legal basis for its use of unmanned drones to conduct
targeted killings overseas and related information. In particular, the
lawsuit asks for information on when, where and against whom drone
strikes can be authorized, the number and rate of civilian casualties,
internal oversight and safeguards and other basic information essential
for assessing the wisdom and legality of using armed drones to conduct
targeted killings.

More information on the ACLU's predator drone FOIA lawsuit is available here: www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-seeks-information-predator-drone-program

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