ACLU presses targeted killing suit in Washington court

, The National Law Journal


Civil liberties lawyers are urging a federal trial judge in Washington to keep alive a lawsuit that alleges the government unlawfully killed three U.S. citizens in drone strikes in Yemen.

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  • Mike M

    "...DOJ position paper said it's a "lawful act of national defense" to target an American citizen who poses an "imminent threat of violent attack to the United States."

    That certainly strikes me as a reasonable and prudent standard of law. It hardly seems sensible, as the ACLU proposes, that each such action should be first approved by a judge who must find on the basis of the evidence presented that the targeted individual was "...engaged in activities that presented a concrete, specific, and imminent threat of death or serious physical injury." Given the distant locales of these individuals, the inherently uncertain nature of the information we would have about their current activities, one would never be able to meet the ACLU standard.

  • ponsoldt

    when the "foreign policy" in question is a targeted assassination campaign--right out of the stieg larson trilogy--then our courts had better assert authority. if they don't, then we are entirely lawless. and the supreme court's nixon tapes decision that presidents are not above the law will have become old news and invalid.

    to democrats who challenged robustly the bush administration's assertion of the legality of its torture regime, can you really support mass homicide, especially when the collateral damage includes so many children--far more than the newtown killings?

  • pmcall

    I commend the ACLU for their work but where is the rest of the legal community? Are you really going to stand by and allow due process free assassinations of American citizens without speaking out? Why are you on the sidelines?

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