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Josh Bell, 212-549-2508, jbell@aclu.org

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ACLU Comment on Leaked Targeted Killing Documents

NEW YORK -

The Intercept released documents today showing that the government’s targeted killing operations are rife with intelligence shortcomings and frequent civilian casualties. The papers also reveal that the reality of the operations is far from the public picture presented by the government.

Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project, had this reaction:

“These eye-opening disclosures make a mockery of U.S. government claims that its lethal force operations are based on reliable intelligence and limited to lawful targets. In fact, the government often claims successes that are really tragic losses. The Obama administration’s lethal program desperately needs transparency and accountability because it is undermining the right to life and national security.”

The ACLU is currently litigating several Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to uncover more about who the government has killed and why, as well as the legal basis for its operations.

More on targeted killing is at:
https://www.aclu.org/issues/national-security/targeted-killing

This statement is at:
https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-comment-leaked-targeted-killing-documents

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