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For Immediate Release

Jen Nessel, CCR, (212) 614-6449;
Rachel Myers, ACLU, (212) 549-2689;
David Lerner, Riptide Communications, (212) 260-5000
ACLU press line, (212) 549-2666

CCR and ACLU Receive License From OFAC to Pursue Challenge to Targeted Killing


The American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Constitutional Rights
(CCR) today received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department's
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) allowing the groups to pursue
their legal challenge to the government's asserted authority to kill
American citizens without due process away from conflict zones. The
license was granted in response to a lawsuit filed by the groups
demanding the license and challenging OFAC's scheme.

The following can be attributed to CCR and the ACLU:

"The license issued by OFAC today will allow us to pursue our litigation
relating to the government's asserted authority to engage in targeted
killings of American civilians without due process. While we appreciate
OFAC's quick response to our lawsuit, we continue to believe that OFAC's
regulations are unconstitutional because they require lawyers who are
providing uncompensated legal representation to seek the government's
permission before challenging the constitutionality of the government's
conduct. Notably, OFAC has indicated that the license issued to us today
can be revoked at any time. We will pursue our claim that OFAC's
attorney-licensing regulations are unconstitutional and should be

More information about the case is available online at: and

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