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Judge: DOJ Not Required to Produce Legal Memo on Drone Strike that Killed Al Awlaki

According to The New York Times, earlier this month Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that the Department of Justice would not be required to produce the memorandum explaining the legal basis for the unmanned aerial vehicle strike that killed United States citizen and al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen at the end of 2011.

Judge McMahon wrote:

I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the executive branch of our government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret . . . The Alice-in-Wonderland nature of this pronouncement is not lost on me. [I am operating in a legal environment that amounts to a] veritable Catch-22.

You can read the full Times article here.

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