An newly surfaced Justice Department white paper reveals that the Obama administration has more power to use killer drones on American citizens than previously thought.
Shockingly, the the newly disclosed memo states that the U.S. government do not require any evidence that a terrorist attack is about to take place in order to use drone attacks.
The document says:
“A lawful killing in self-defense is not an assassination.”
“The threat posed by al-Qaida 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 claims that the use of lethal force does not violate the Fourth Amendment. It also dismisses any legal intervention:
“Under the circumstances described in this paper, there exists no appropriate judicial forum to evaluate these constitutional considerations. It is well established that ‘matters intimately related to foreign policy, and national security are rarely proper subjects for judicial intervention.”
The American Civil Liberties Union called the document “profoundly disturbing,” and said:
“It’s hard to believe that it was produced in a democracy built on a system of checks and balances.”