Using Drones to Target Americans

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Until this week, little was known about the legal framework the U.S. government operates under when ordering the killing of its citizens. But now a leaked Justice Department memo outlines the legal case for some of these attacks. Civil liberties groups decry the policy as an overreach of executive authority. The leak comes as the Obama administration's nominee for CIA director, John Brennan, a drone program supporter, is due to appear before the Senate for a confirmation hearing.

Department of Justice Memo on Drone Use


Mary Ellen O'Connell, professor of law and research professor of international dispute resolution at the University of Notre Dame Law School

Robert Worth, reporter, New York Times

Glen Sulmasy, professor, U.S. Coast Guard Academy; national security law fellow at the Center for National Policy in Washington D.C.