In a shocking report it has been revealed the U.S. Department of Justice has given itself the legal right to kill Americans without any clear evidence of wrongdoing. Madison Ruppert has reported on Feb. 5, 2013, for the Activist Post, Justice Department white paper: government can kill Americans without clear evidence. According to an unclassified Department of Justice white paper which has been released by NBC News, as part of the highly controversial drone assassination program, the U.S. government can kill Americans without charge or trial or even “clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future."
Although the undated paper is not an official legal memo, according to NBC, “the white paper was represented by administration officials as a policy document that closely mirrors the arguments of classified memos on targeted killings by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which provides authoritative legal advice to the president and all executive branch agencies.” Apparently this document is separate from the Obama administration’s as of yet not completed drone killing rulebook, which the CIA would reportedly not have to follow.
Karen DeYoung has also broken this story about U.S. Justice Department killings of Americans for The Washington Post, Justice Dept. document justifies killing Americans overseas if they pose imminent threat. According to a Justice Department document which was published late Monday by NBC News, the United States can lawfully kill a U.S. citizen overseas if it determines the target is a “senior, operational leader” of al-Qaeda or an associated group and that the person poses an imminent threat to the United States. This document defines “imminent threat” expansively, with the position it does not have to be based on intelligence about a specific attack since such actions are being “continually” planned by al-Qaeda. The American Civil Liberties Union has called the document a “profoundly disturbing” summary of “a stunning overreach of executive authority."