Breaking News

Memo sets rationale to kill Americans linked to Al Qaeda

by Staff Reporter
12 February 2013 | 3236 Views
WASHINGTON - An internal Justice Department memo says it is legal for the government to kill US citizens abroad if it believes they are senior Al Qaeda leaders continually engaged in operations aimed at killing Americans.

The document, reported on Monday night by NBC News, provides a legal rationale behind the Obama administration's use of drone strikes against Al Qaeda suspects.

The 16-page document says it is lawful to target Al Qaeda-linked US citizens if they pose an "imminent" threat of violent attack against Americans, and that delaying action against such people would create an unacceptably high risk. Such circumstances may necessitate expanding the concept of imminent threat, the memo says.

"The threat posed by Al Qaeda and its associated forces demands a broader concept of imminence in judging when a person continually planning terror attacks presents an imminent threat," the document added.

A September 2011 drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, both US citizens.

The memo does not require the US to have information about a specific imminent attack against the US. But it does require that capture of a terrorist suspect not be feasible and that any such lethal operation by the United States targeting a person comply with fundamental law-of-war principles.

"A decision maker determining whether an Al Qaeda operational leader presents an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States must take into account that certain members of Al Qaeda √¢‚Ǩ¬¶ are continually plotting attacks against the United States" and that "Al Qaeda would engage in such attacks regularly to the extent it were able to do so", says the document.    The document also says that a decision maker must take into account that "the US government may not be aware of all Al Qaeda plots as they are developing and thus cannot be confident that none is about to occur; and that √¢‚Ǩ¬¶ the nation may have a limited window of opportunity within which to strike in a manner that both has a high likelihood of success and reduces the probability of American casualties."

With this understanding, the document added, a high-level official could conclude, for example, that an individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States where he is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or an associated force and is personally and continually involved in planning terrorist attacks against the United States.




The American Civil Liberties Union, an advocacy group, said the document is "profoundly disturbing".    

"It's hard to believe that it was produced in a democracy built on a system of checks and balances," the ACLU said.

Memo Americans Al-Qaeda

Source: AP

Is Itai Dzamara eyeing the US Green Card?

Yes
18.25%
No
76.46%
Not sure
5.29%
378

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Xenophobia: How do you distinguish a Zulu from a Ndebele? - METHODIST ...

by The Citizen | 18 April 2015 | 1798 Views

Collective idiocy of Tsvangirai's MDC-T - HONESTLY, while with brazen ...

by Brilliant Sigabade Mhlanga | 18 April 2015 | 788 Views

What went wrong with SA independence to turn their anger and hate on f...

by Nomazulu Thata | 18 April 2015 | 798 Views

Dembare, FC Platinum match abandoned due to load shedding - Dynamos 1-...

by Sports reporter | 18 April 2015 | 777 Views

Oliver Mtukudzi Peace for Africa Message - Over the last few days I ha...

by Oliver Mtukudzi | 18 April 2015 | 485 Views

Zimbabweans celebrates 35th Independence - Zimbabweans from across th...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2015 | 1290 Views

Zuma cancels foreign trip to address xenophobic attacks - South Africa...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2015 | 2401 Views

Avenging spirit of a girlfriend wreaks havoc - AN avenging spirit of a...

by Ngoni Dapira | 18 April 2015 | 4163 Views

Family in witchcraft storm - BEING fingered by his 11 sons as the culp...

by Tendai Gukutikwa | 18 April 2015 | 2471 Views

Man attempts to forcibly remove wife's contraceptive implant using a r...

by Caroline Chaparadza | 18 April 2015 | 2466 Views

Mssaulted with bottles, sjambok over $150 debt - A 34-YEAR-OLD man was...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2015 | 959 Views

'Zanu-PF, Ndonga re-unification real' - THOUSANDS of Zanu-PF and Ndong...

by Luthando Mapepa | 18 April 2015 | 1755 Views

Zanu-PF Senator's house attacked - UNKNOWN assailants early this morni...

by Liberty Dube | 18 April 2015 | 1700 Views

Jonathan Moyo unpacking #1980sofarsogood - TODAY Zimbabwe celebrates 3...

by Susan Nyabunze | 18 April 2015 | 1438 Views

Mahofa, Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims clash - Masvingo Provincial Affairs...

by George Maponga | 18 April 2015 | 911 Views

Pub bouncer jailed for assaulting patrons - A VICTORIA Falls sports ba...

by Quitani Tawanda Muposeki | 18 April 2015 | 959 Views

Less than 500 attend Tsvangirai's 'star' rally - MDC-T leader Morgan T...

by Lovemore Zigara | 18 April 2015 | 2432 Views

Siblings swap parents' house with a kombi - Three siblings swapped the...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2015 | 1691 Views

MDC-T leadership wrangle spills into the courts - MDC-T senator Matson...

by Mashudu Netsianda | 18 April 2015 | 1357 Views

Teachers to boycott Zimsec examinations - TEACHERS have threatened to ...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2015 | 1379 Views

Beitbridge border post gears up for Zim repatriates - Beitbridge borde...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2015 | 1316 Views

Zimbabwe police beatings of xenophobia protesters must be investigated...

by Amnesty International | 18 April 2015 | 1785 Views

Disused mine shaft collapses trapping in 13 illegal miners, one dies -...

by Staff Reporter | 18 April 2015 | 852 Views

Zimbabwe ready to receive victims of xenophobia

by Staff Reporter | 18 April 2015 | 1718 Views

Three senior officials at Mpilo suspended - THREE senior officials im...

by Temba Dube | 18 April 2015 | 1485 Views

35 Years of Independence and 35 Years in the wrong Direction - A simpl...

by Thulani Nkala | 18 April 2015 | 895 Views

Entertainment

Lady Bee Marukazi (Official video)

by Staff Reporter | 18 April 2015 | 695 Views

10 Zimbabwean artists pen anti-xenophobia song - 10 local artists hav...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2015 | 2503 Views

ZAA announce comedy king Carl Joshua Ncube as headline act - LONDON - ...

by Arts Correspondent | 16 April 2015 | 1113 Views

Apologies from Brickz, No to xenophobia - Video - Apologies from Bric...

by Staff Reporter | 15 April 2015 | 4706 Views

Bev throws birthday gig

by Staff Reporter | 15 April 2015 | 5246 Views

Bulawayo here I come! - Cassper Nyovest says - South African singer...

by Thobekile Zhou | 15 April 2015 | 4043 Views
iBlog

Four In 10 Americans Face Regular Online Fraud Attacks

Microsoft offers four primary tips to help protect users from identity theft:• be selfish and defensive with personal information by not sharing sensitive details in emails, and instant and text messages• create, use and keep secret so-called “... Read More
SecNews 24 October 2014 ago

Auslogics Boostspeed 7 - More Powerful And User-friendly Than Ever

Auslogics boostspeed 7 - more powerful and user-friendly than ever!wondering how to fix slow computer performance? experts recommend auslogics boostspeed 7 - the most comprehensive system optimization software! auslogics boostspeed 7 is here!the bran... Read More
ITnews 26 August 2014 ago