The "Kill Americans" memo was not press that the White House or President Obama needed. A Justice Department memo surfaced on Monday (Feb. 4), revealed some troubling information that is being reported. According to a report from NPR on Tuesday (Feb. 5), the memo held some important talking points in the fight to defend the country.
NPR has stated that according to the memo, "American citizens who become leaders in al-Qaida or other terrorist organizations overseas and pose 'an imminent threat' to Americans may be killed with drone strikes." That can be a scary thought for all it entails and it certainly has people all around the U.S. worried about what it really means.
It's easy to see where the dire nickname for this memo has come from and it is something that is going to be debated for quite a while. It's very clear that neither President Obama nor the White House gained any allies when this memo got leaked and it could have actually done a bit of harm. When the dust settles, though, there will probably be those that agree with the sentiment behind the policy dictated in this memo.
Expect the White House and Justice Department to feverishly defend the "Kill Americans" memo in the coming days. The rationale behind its wording might be self-explanatory, but it might have been bred by a fear that risks taking away the rights of some citizens.
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