1. Justification

    U.S. to Justify Killing American Terrorists

    US Attorney General Eric Holder, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius(not seen) hold a press conference to announce the new Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) Report and highlight how the Affordable Care Act continues to save taxpayer dollars by preventing healthcare fraud, waste and abuse on February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to give the most detailed explanation yet of the Obama administration’s rational for killing U.S. citizens abroad. Critics have demanded a more thorough explanation since last year's killing of the New Mexico–born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was suspected of working with al Qaeda. In Awlaki’s killing, the administration relied on a classified opinion written by the Justice Department’s legal counsel, but has refused to release the document. Sources tell The Washington Post that Holder will argue that a 2001 congressional authorization of the use of military force also justified the government to kill American terrorists abroad. Newsweek’s Daniel Klaidman first reported on the speech in January.

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