A 'Kill Americans' memo has been made by the Justice Department. On Feb. 5, NBC News reported that the U.S. Government can "order the killing" of Americans if they pose an immediate terrorist threat to the U.S.A. If any citizen threatens an attack on America or if they are believed to be a part of a terrorist organization (like al-Qaida), they can be killed.
According to the report, "drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens" are part of the "Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices." Basically, being a U.S. citizen may not help a suspected terrorist moving forward.
The 'Kill Americans' memo is something that many people are discussing today -- and that will undoubtedly be an ongoing topic of conversation. According to the memo, an "informed, high-level" official of the U.S. government will determine if the person (or people) in question poses a threat to the United States. The memo states that any killing of this kind would be considered "self-defense."
A good example of this policy involves the Sept '11 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. According to NBC News, "Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes."
What do you make of the 'Kill Americans' memo?
© Effie Orfanides 2013