Breaking News

Memo sets rationale to kill Americans linked to Al Qaeda

by Staff Reporter
12 February 2013 | 3041 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

Are housemaids an evil lot?

Yes
45.59%
No
50%
Not sure
4.41%
68

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Freedom of Worship is being abused

by John Sigauke | 27 November 2014 | 1538 Views

MDC-T South Africa dismisses Ncube - Biti Union - The MDC T South Afri...

by Dr. Wangu Mazodze - MDC T South Africa Spokesperson | 27 November 2014 | 2102 Views

EU should engage government for sustainable relationship - The Europe...

by Caitlin Kamba | 27 November 2014 | 606 Views

Anti-Mugabe placards inside Zimbabwe Parliament - SIX youths were yest...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 5755 Views

If I were Morgan ..... - If there is anything we should learn from th...

by Vince Musewe | 27 November 2014 | 2937 Views

Mutsvangwa has found the right platform to launch his salvos and attac...

by Maggie Mzumara | 27 November 2014 | 2467 Views

Zanu-PF faction leaders living in fear as siege mood grips the party -...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 2975 Views

Kids expose mom's illicit affairs while dad was in prison - An ex-conv...

by Court Reporter | 27 November 2014 | 4193 Views

Hooker steals client's cellphone and cash - A 26-year-old hooker who a...

by Fungai Jachi | 27 November 2014 | 2005 Views

Toyboy accused of using muthi on girlfriend - 51-year-old Minah Mbanjw...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 2895 Views

Biti apologises to 'sellout' Ncube

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 2169 Views

Steward Bank launches 'branchless' banking

by New Ziana | 27 November 2014 | 1500 Views

Chiyangwa behind Shamu, Nguni ouster

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 2694 Views

Sikhala arrested over Mugabe assassination plot

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 5652 Views

Couple reconciles in court

by Lethokuhle Moyo | 27 November 2014 | 2389 Views

Mugabe chides Sikhosana for losing his Central Committee bid

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 4490 Views

Zimbabwe soldier shoots self

by Auxilia Katongomara | 27 November 2014 | 2838 Views

Ex-Bosso star assaults man with a bottle - FORMER Highlanders star Mbu...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 1531 Views

Gumbo mourns 'vultures' who took over Zanu PF when he too was one of t...

by Wilbert Mukori | 27 November 2014 | 2181 Views

Zanu-PF Politburo endorses Mujuru's ouster - THE ZANU-PF Politburo yes...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 4053 Views

Nicholas Goche seriously ill, admitted in ICU at Harare hospital

by Tendai Mugabe | 27 November 2014 | 4983 Views

'Mujuru-Makoni fatal accident not covered up,' says police - Police ha...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 2955 Views

Strangers in Parliament flushed out - Four unidentified youths yesterd...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 2157 Views

Zapu moot joining grand coalition - The Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu yest...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 1872 Views

Gumbo pours his heart out - An emotional Rugare Gumbo has opened up o...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 2585 Views

Zanu-PF burning ahead of congress - The movers and shakers in Zanu-PF'...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 1315 Views

Tollgates for rural roads? - THE cash-strapped Zimbabwe government wi...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 1322 Views

Bosso target foreign coach - HIGHLANDERS will engage yet another forei...

by Staff reporter | 27 November 2014 | 1558 Views

Entertainment

Ivy Kombo-Kasi graduates with a Masters degree in International Commercial Law

by Jonathan Mbiriyamveka | 26 November 2014 | 3437 Views

Zimbabwean gospel musician goes live in South Africa on Saturday 29 No...

by Staff reporter | 26 November 2014 | 1584 Views

Re-brand ZBC

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2014 | 2067 Views

Express Links Money Transfer and Kenya Airways to Sponsor ZIMAA UK 201...

by Masimba Makasi | 25 November 2014 | 1734 Views

Namibian woman dances to Shona song - Video - ...

by Staff Reporter | 25 November 2014 | 4123 Views

Generations returns

by Staff reporter | 25 November 2014 | 3780 Views

'You lazy African intellectual scum' set for film adaptation - An e...

by Ceci Mercy | 25 November 2014 | 2131 Views
iBlog

Time To Kiss Zimbabwe Goodbye Forever.

By israel dubethings fall apart at zanupf. brother turns against brother, sister betrays sister. the center cannot hold anymore. as the walls of oppression and discrimination collapse, matebeles must make sure that they do not find themselves lost i... Read More
myAfroTube 03 November 2014 ago

Protect Your Greatest Small Business Asset: Time

if your work week is way more than 40 hours, your smartphone is glued to your hand, and your to-do list is multiple pages of overdue tasks—you know how valuable every minute of your time is.your smartphone and tablet make doing business from anyw... Read More
Sergey 05 September 2014 ago