Memo Used to Kill U.S. Citizen Released

    Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location in this still image taken from video released by Intelwire.com on September 30, 2011. Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed, Yemen's Defence Ministry said on Friday. A Yemeni security official said Awlaki, who is of Yemeni descent, was hit in a Friday morning air raid in the northern al-Jawf province that borders oil giant Saudi Arabia. REUTERS/Intelwire.com (OBITUARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT - RTR2S19P


    The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday published a redacted version of the 2010 Justice Department memo authorizing the drone attack on American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki was killed by the U.S. in Yemen without due process. The memo was prepared by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and then-acting chief David Barron. The memo cites the Supreme Court case Mathews v. Eldridge, saying it permits the government to weigh “the private interest that will be affected by the official action” against the “burdens the Government would face in providing greater process.” The memo also argued that since al-Awlaki was an “operational leader” of an “enemy force,” the U.S. was permitted to kill him, “as part of the United States’ ongoing non-international armed conflict with al Qaeda.”

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