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Attorney General offers legal justification for killing American-born terrorists abroad – Washington Post

On March 4, 2012 the Washington Post reported that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder justified the killing of U.S. citizens abroad "who pose a terrorist threat" during a speech at Northwestern University. 

While the Justice Department has not released its legal justification for killing U.S. born terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, Holder outlined a three-part legal test for assessing whether a U.S. citizen could be legally killed.  According to the article, the Attorney General argued that

"The government must determined after careful review that the citizen poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the U.S. capture is not feasible and the killing would be consistent with laws of war."

Stating that "The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process," Holder further defended the position the decision to kill a U.S. citizen is an Executive decision and not one that requires judicial review.

Continue reading "Holder offers first legal justification for killing U.S-born al-Qaida operative overseas".

To read the full text of the Attorney General's speech, go to Northwestern speech.

 

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