Justice Department white paper: government can kill Americans without clear evidence
Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
According to an unclassified Department of Justice white paper released by NBC News, the U.S. government can kill Americans without charge or trial or even “clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future” as part of the highly controversial drone assassination program.
The 16-page paper (mirrored here) released late February 4, 2013 is not, however, the Office of Legal Counsel memo which was at issue in the case in which a judge ruled the federal government can claim the right to legally kill Americans without ever revealing that legal justification.
The undated paper is not an official legal memo, although according to NBC, “the white paper was represented by administration officials as a policy document that closely mirrors the arguments of classified memos on targeted killings by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which provides authoritative legal advice to the president and all executive branch agencies.”
This document is apparently separate from the Obama administration’s yet-to-be-completed drone killing rulebook, which the CIA would reportedly not have to follow.
The white paper outlines some quite disturbing facts behind the government’s justification of their so-called targeted killing program.
Indeed, the document refers to a “broader concept of imminence” than any actual intelligence about an ongoing plot against the United States or any U.S. interest.