ACLU Publishes DOJ Memo Addressing “Public Authority” Justification to Unlawful Killing of United States Cititizens
In September 2011, the CIA conducted a drone strike killing Anwar al-Awlaki, a United States citizen who allegedly rose to become a senior member of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch. Since this mission, the government has been under scrutiny concerning their legal basis for this mission because Section 1119(b) of Title 18 of the United States Code makes it unlawful for a person being a national of the United States to kill a national of the United States while such national is outside of the United States.
Today, the ACLU published the report of the Department of Justice detailing the history and application of the “public authority” justification. You can read the heavily redacted report here.