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Obama Administration Memo Outlines Justification for Assassination of U.S. Citizens

Frank1802 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 12:27 PM
Now I have said many ties on this site that I am not an American Citizen but British. Nevertheless I have an American wife, and it is my understanding that an American has certain inalienable rights, and that one of the is trial by jury, for any and all offences even those committed overseas that are against American Law. Now that being the case surely at the very least these people should be tried in absentia. Don't misunderstand me I have absolutely no truck with these terrorists, but this smacks of cold blooded murder, and surely that is still illegal in America.
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 12:37 PM
not if you are an unlawful combatant-the laws of war-not civil process, apply.
traitorbill Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 12:36 PM
Cold blooded murder may have been waived off, regulated away, dismissed by an executive order, or voided by a czar in the new, United States of Obamaville.
psydoc Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 12:31 PM
That is correct, Frank. The killing of a citizen without the benefit of due process is murder, plainly or simply. The 5th amendment could not be any more clear. "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb
; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; ..."
A leaked memo from the Department of Justice lays out the explicit justifications that the Obama Administration believes authorizes the targeted assassination of American citizens on foreign soil.

NBC News obtained and reported on the memo last night, which explains that drone strikes that have been conducted in the past that have killed American citizens are legitimate and legal operations.

[A]n “informed, high-level” official of the U.S. government may determine that the targeted American has been “recently” involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack and “there is no evidence suggesting that...