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Officially, why it was OK for the U.S. government to kill Anwar Awlaki
Officially, why it was OK for the U.S. government to kill Anwar Awlaki

Better late than never, the American public has been provided with a redacted version of a Justice Department memo offering a legal rationale for the targeting of Anwar Awlaki, the U.S.-born Al Qaeda figure who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. The document was made public Monday after the Obama administration decided not to appeal a court order that it be disclosed. The basic legal rationale for targeting Awlaki has long been known. In fact, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the memo's release precisely because so much of the argument has seeped into the public domain as the result of speeches by administration officials and the publication last year of a...

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