Politicians on both sides of the aisle, along with most of America, are standing in shock after a memo leaked that detailed a frightening aspect of America's drone policy. USNews.com reported Tuesday, Feb. 5, that a white paper was provided to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee by the Justice Department that details the use of drones for killing American citizens.
USNews.com said the document is not a legal document, but it outlines the basic policy of the Obama Administration for the use of drones to kill suspected al-Qaida leaders or associates. If Americans are deemed to be involved, they can be killed by drone attack without any of the normal protections afforded by the United States Constitution.
The leaked memo explains that there does not really have to be any clear evidence, but the individual just needs to be considered an “imminent threat” by a high-level government official.
These ideas are not new to the scene because Attorney General Eric Holder has discussed it before. USNews.com provides some of his previous remarks:
In a speech to Northwestern University Law School last year, Holder said that the president could "use force abroad against a senior operational leader of a foreign terrorist organization with which the United States is at war—even if that individual happens to be a U.S. citizen."
He also explained that it could happen without the normal rights afforded American citizens. He explained that in this case, “due process” did not mean “judicial process.”
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