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The Targeted Killing of US Citizens

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The Obama Administration used drones to kill three American citizens located in Yemen, including a 16-year-old boy. No trial. Not even judicial review. The Obama Justice Department has given intelligence committee members in the House and Senate access to a long-classified legal justification for killing Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen identified with al-Qaeda in Yemen. The move this week followed a white paper being leaked to a reporter that says civil rights can be ignored if there's an "imminent threat" of terrorism against the US. But Constitutional scholars and others see twisted logic, the redefinition of language—and a stunning overreach of the President's powers. What constitutes an "imminent threat?" Who makes the decision?  What does the CIA have to do with it?

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Guests:
Michael Isikoff - Yahoo News - @Isikoff, Greg Miller - Washington Post - @gregpmiller, Hina Shamsi - American Civil Liberties Union - @hinashamsi, Michael Leiter - NBC News, Ben Emmerson - UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Caitlin Shamberg, Katie Cooper

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